Airbus has reiterated its commitment to its digital platform, Skywise, and the company’s target to sign up 100 airlines to the product by the end of the year.
Speaking on a company earnings call yesterday, which saw the European aircraft manufacturer’s operating profit climbing out of the negative up to €392 million ($440 million), chief executive Guillaume Faury says Airbus is staying the course for the target.
Although any earnings impact from Skywise will come “much later”, according to Faury, he also said that the platform’s development was “on trajectory” in the first quarter and Airbus sees this as a “strong basis for developing services around the Skywise potential”.
Airbus launched Skywise at the 2017 Paris Air Show in collaboration with big data specialist Palantir Technologies.
To date, it has around 60 Skywise customers on its books, including the likes of U.S. airline Allegiant Air and British low-cost carrier Easyjet have signed up for the predictive maintenance platform. Airbus also plans to add cabin equipment to the Skywise platform.
Last month, it said it plans to to create a data-producing aircraft cabin which will cover smart galleys, lavatories, overhead bins and seats with the data from these aircraft components being added to Skywise.