Boeing and Alaska Airlines are working together
to develop a Component Management Optimization program that will
increase the efficiency of airline fleets.
"Our partnership with Boeing reflects our vision
of being on the leading edge of the best technology applications
that we believe will shape the future airline operations
environment," said Fred Mohr, vice president of maintenance and
engineering at Alaska Airlines.
Alaska Airlines has agreed to use its fleet and
Seattle-based maintenance organization to develop, test and
validate Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) and Contact
Memory Button (CMB) technology. Part information - such as part
and serial numbers and manufacturing date and maintenance history,
contained on tags and buttons - significantly reduces an airlines'
operating costs by eliminating untimely, labor-intensive
Boeing will, in an
exclusive partnership with Fujitsu, provide automated
identification technology devices, device readers, software applications and system integration service. The program is
scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will be
available for Boeing and non-Boeing fleets.
"Together, Boeing and Alaska Airlines are
pioneering this innovative technology for use on airplanes and
within airline operations," said Per Noren, vice president, Boeing
Commercial Aviation Services, Information Services. "This exciting
solution is paving the way towards a more digital airline."
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