Airbus’s Aviation Digital Alliance Welcomes GE DigitalBy Sofía Hanna | Tue, 07/06/2021 - 10:38
The Aviation Digital Alliance, an Airbus and Delta TechOps partnership established in 2019, welcomed GE Digital. By incorporating the technology giant, the alliance will boost its capabilities to develop digital analytics for aircraft systems, airlines and maintenance operations. The addition will also benefit the 140 commercial airlines of the Skywise Core data platform as carriers return to normal operations.
“We are delighted to welcome GE Digital into the aviation Digital Alliance,” said Lionel Rouby, Senior Vice President of Customer Services Innovation and Digital Solutions at Airbus. “The resulting combination of Delta’s know-how in both airline operations and maintenance, Airbus’ aircraft design expertise, Skywise’ operational fleet ‘big-data’ and now GE’s industry-leading predictive analytics will provide even greater value for the multitude of airlines worldwide already connected to the Skywise Core platform. These airlines will soon benefit from even more powerful ‘nose to tail’ and cross-fleet digital solutions.”
The expanded Digital Alliance aims to develop “real solutions that curb operational disruptions, drive progress in unplanned maintenance events and ultimately benefit global commercial operators’ bottom-line financial performance,” reads an Airbus press release. The Alliance allows these companies to combine their industry knowledge to deliver cost savings, improve network efficiency and increase fleet availability. GE Digital’s expertise will double both the analytics algorithms as well as the number of aircraft parts the analytics system can monitor. To further develop the project, Airbus set up a dedicated team of data scientists, customer experience designers and software developers based in Atlanta to work closely with Delta TechOps and GE Digital.
"Any airline (including South and North American customers) subscribing to Skywise will be able to get chargeable access to the integrated Digital Alliance solutions to minimize maintenance disruptions and maximize operational efficiencies through the combined digital analytic capabilities of the alliance partners," Justin Dubon, External Communications at Airbus Commercial Aircraft, told MBN.
Don Mitacek, Senior Vice President of Delta TechOps and President of Delta TechOps Services Group (DTSG), highlighted the unparalleled expertise of Delta TechOps teams, which allows them to “strategically support Delta’s vast, global aircraft fleet maintenance operations in addition to the comprehensive portfolio of services for our more than 150 maintenance, repair and overhaul customers worldwide.” Beyond servicing Delta Air Lines’ fleet, Delta TechOps also works with Aeroméxico’s fleet through its subsidiary in Queretaro, Mexico. Delta TechOps Queretaro is one of the largest maintenances, repair and overhaul (MRO) centers in Latin America.
As previously mentioned by MBN, Delta Air Lines recently announced it would support Aeroméxico by acquiring part of the latter’s debt to Apollo Global Management. Aeroméxico and Delta Air Lines have collaborated for several years and recently celebrated their Joint Collaboration Agreement anniversary.