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Maintenix Gets Off The Mark

American Airlines subsidiary carrier becomes first to sign up for IFS' new maintenance offering.

American Airlines Group subsidiary PSA Airlines has become the first new customer to order the IFS Maintenix aviation maintenance-management software suite since Swedish enterprise-applications company IFS purchased Mxi Technologies Ltd, a Canadian company which developed the two major versions of Maintenix.

PSA Airlines has selected IFS Maintenix to support its fleet-maintenance management needs enterprise-wide, according to IFS, which is based in Linköping in Sweden.

IFS completed its acquisition of Mxi Technologies Ltd in January, having announced on 13 December 2016 an agreement to purchase Mxi from its owners. Headquartered in Ottawa, Mxi Technologies Ltd employs more than 265 people.

Dayton, Ohio-headquartered PSA Airlines, which operates an all-Bombardier CRJ fleet for the American Eagle regional-service network, is in the process of growing from a fleet of 49 regional jets in 2014 to 150 aircraft, a process it expects to complete within the next few months.

PSA Airlines now operates 54 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900s and 35 50-seat CRJ200s and will soon complete taking delivery of 35 64-seat CRJ700s from Envoy Air in a fleet-growth exercise which will see its CRJ700 fleet expand to 61 aircraft.

Following an extensive market review, PSA selected IFS Maintenix as its maintenance IT system to deliver complete life-cycle MRO functionality across its engineering, planning, line maintenance and materials-management departments, in order to enable more real-time, automated maintenance management.

To meet evolving operational demands, the airline was looking to replace its legacy maintenance system with a modern, scalable software solution that could significantly reduce reliance on manual processes and drive greater standardization and process efficiencies across its maintenance-management functions, according to IFS.

“Throughout the evaluation process, it readily became apparent that IFS Maintenix was the right solution capable of meeting our needs for a modern, flexible, and user-friendly approach to maintenance management and compliance control,” says Gary Pratt, PSA Airlines' vice president, maintenance and engineering.

“This relationship is indicative of aviation services providers recognizing the inherent business gains that come with using a system that can deliver on the promise of standard, lean and predictable aviation maintenance,” remarks Scott Helmer, SVP, aviation and defence for IFS.

PSA Airlines has maintenance facilities at Dayton International Airport and Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio; at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina; and at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina.

The regional carrier's selection of the IFS Maintenix system follows recent purchases of Maintenix IT systems by Copa Airlines, Cape Air and Southwest Airlines.

Other major customers for the Maintenix software suite include Air France KLM; Qantas; China Airlines; LATAM; Icelandair; NetJets; Boeing; BAE Systems; Saab; Pratt & Whitney; and several air forces.

Mxi Technologies Ltd developed two different versions of the Maintenix suite, respectively tailored for use by aircraft operators and for MRO providers. Maintenix Operator Edition is designed to allow operators to improve their asset management, while Maintenix MRO Edition is designed to help MRO providers sell maintenance services.

According to IFS, Maintenix's capabilities include controlled workflow; graphical maintenance planning; point-of-maintenance access to real-time information; and paperless execution and compliance.

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