ATLANTA--Frontier Airlines is in the process of implementing e-mobility across its maintenance group. To do this, it started rolling out the iPads in October 2018 and has finished its first full maintenance station—Phoenix, says Jim Mach, the airline’s maintenance director, speaking at Aviation Week’s 2019 MRO Americas Conference.
He says Frontier is now rolling out the iPads for its maintenance base in Denver, and will follow with its other stations after that.
Frontier originally planned the roll out for six months, but Mach says it will more likely take 9-12 months because it had some cost overruns and it’s rolling out the project in pieces. “We’re hoping to have it done in June or July,” he says.
The iPads will include three Trax modules initially: QuickTurn, for gate activity; Task Control and Line Control. Mach says Frontier is interested in four other modules, which it could add later.
He says the maintenance workforce is adapting to the technology extremely well for the most part.
In related news, United Airlines, which deployed 6,500 iPads to its maintenance staff from 2017-18, is working on the second phase of the project now, says Don Wright, VP maintenance operations. The next step will include adding a resource management tool. United hopes to have that functionality rolled out by the end of this year.