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Air China to Use Boeing Airplane Health Management on 737 Fleet

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Air China is to use Boeing's Airplane Health Management (AHM) system to monitor the in-flight condition of its Next-Generation 737 fleet. The agreement covers a total of 117 Air China 737s that are in service and on order.

Air China is Boeing's first Chinese customer for AHM and the 33rd commercial customer overall.

Air China will use AHM to gather and evaluate critical real-time in-flight flying condition data, relaying airplane information to ground controllers. This visibility allows the airline to turn a potentially time-consuming and costly maintenance delay into a well-planned and easily addressable repair. AHM helps minimize or eliminate scheduling problems, benefiting passengers and improving overall airplane availability.

"We expect Boeing's Airplane Health Management to help us in many ways," said Zhong Dechao, deputy chief engineer of Air China. "Air China will benefit with increased airplane availability, maintenance efficiency and economic performance."

AHM also supports long-term fleet reliability by helping airlines identify and respond to faults proactively. Fleet-wide history and knowledge from multiple operators is available to help guide repair decisions on same-model airplanes, improving reliability and efficiency.

Currently, about 450 Next-Generation Boeing 737s are in service with China-based customers.

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