Skywise, the Airbus data analytics and predictive maintenance platform, has taken a big step forward by signing up United Airlines as a user.
The platform’s accuracy and modelling improves the more data it receives, so access to United’s huge fleet will prove valuable.
United’s current Airbus fleet includes almost 200 Airbus A320-family aircraft and it will add widebody data to the mix once it begins receiving its 45 A350-900s on order.
Airbus now has 70 airlines connected to Skywise and building up significant momentum in its bid to reach 100 before the end of the year. Other big customers include Easyjet and U.S. carrier Allegiant.
The company said recently that Skywise won’t have any significant earnings impact for some time, but added that it will prove a vital cog in expanding the company’s services revenues.
Any concerns that airlines might have had about their operating data helping the OEM in this way appear to have been easily overridden by the benefits they derive from Skywise.
The platform enables airlines to store, access, manage, and analyze data while also benchmarking against other airline users’ trends.
Airlines can either sign up to Skywise Core, a ‘freemium’ service under which they agree to share operating data (which is anonymized) from their Airbus fleet and can access the platform at no cost; or they can buy enhanced services such as Skywise Predictive Maintenance, which includes enhanced analytics.
Praveen Sharma, United’s vice-president of digital products and analytics, said Skywise would “allow us to maximize the performance of our Airbus fleet by analyzing the best data we have available and using those insights to continuously improve our operation”.