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BA Expands AHM Coverage on Boeing Twin-Aisle Fleet

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British Airways is to enhance the existing Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) system that is operating on its more than 100 Boeing 777s and 747-400s.

 The AHM system on the British Airways twin-aisle Boeing fleet will include the Custom Alerting and Analysis module in addition to the Real-Time Monitoring module that the airline initiated earlier this year.

British Airways' future 787 Dreamliner deliveries also will be monitored via the two AHM modules.

The Custom Alerting and Analysis module allows the airline to use even more advanced methods to control the monitoring and alerting that it receives concerning the health and status of various on-board systems.

Data collected includes tire pressure, oxygen pressure, hydraulic fluid and oil levels in the engines and auxiliary power unit. This detailed information helps the airline to identify consumption trends to facilitate maintenance planning and determine the most appropriate service intervals.

The information also supplements British Airways' ability to track in-flight faults and make real-time operational decisions regarding maintenance, in order to deploy the necessary people, parts and equipment to address the issue before the airplane arrives at the gate - a capability provided by the AHM Real-Time module.

"We've found that AHM Real-Time monitoring has been highly beneficial to our maintenance programs by allowing enhanced planning and positioning of our people and materials, so much so that I track the status of our fleet and even individual airplanes on my iPad through MyBoeingFleet," said Garry Copeland, engineering director, British Airways. "The addition of Custom Alerting will provide even greater visibility into the maintenance requirements of our fleet."

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