With operational and cost advantages important for any airline, particularly those carriers functioning on a low-cost business model, easyJet is now utilizing an artificial intelligence-based simulation tool to help with the day-to-day maintenance planning of its entire fleet of more than 160 aircraft.
Last year, it teamed up with London-based logistics software start-up Aerogility to roll-out the system which went live in November 2017. When functioning, operational data about each aircraft in the fleet is extracted from EasyJet’s existing AMOS management software system and integrated into the Aerogility planner.
According to Aerogility, the planners can then forecast when heavy maintenance must be applied, factoring in existing plans with third-party suppliers while incorporating other fleet upgrades and modifications program.
EasyJet’s planning requirements for its maintenance output are perhaps more unique than most carriers. The airline’s MRO strategy previously had a penchant for operating on an equalized maintenance schedule–combining A- and C-checks into a schedule of work packages performed overnight–rather than a more common block maintenance workload.
However, as of last year, this was adjusted somewhat, says Swaran Sidhu, head of fleet technical management at EasyJet . “Last year we carried out another detailed review of our maintenance philosophy and took the decision to convert aircraft to a block program after six years,” he says.
says EasyJet is also working on implementing plans for its engine fleet and its landing gears using the Aerogility tool, with the latter set for completion first.
A deeper look at the EasyJet-Aerogility partnership will feature in the July issue of Inside MRO.