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Southwest Airlines to Implement Boeing Airplane Health Management

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Southwest Airlines has selected Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) to enhance operational efficiency in its maintenance and engineering operations.

 Southwest Airlines will use AHM to collect and evaluate airplane operations data while the airplane is in flight. This real-time data is used to signal ground operations crews of any potential maintenance issues before the airplane lands, minimizing flight schedule disruptions and maintenance-related delays.

"In our trials with Airplane Health Management, we clearly saw how we would be able to reduce and even avoid unscheduled maintenance and ground time for our fleet," said Jim Sokol, vice president of Maintenance Operations, Southwest Airlines. "The predictive nature of this product allows us to proactively initiate planning for necessary repairs, even while an airplane is in flight. With this capability, we can mitigate schedule delays and help ensure on time arrivals and departures for our customers."

Boeing technical teams will work with Southwest to facilitate initial deployment of the system for its Next-Generation 737s. Southwest is Boeing's 66th customer for Airplane Health Management.

"We expect to see an immediate cost benefit with the introduction of Airplane Health Management to our next-generation 737 fleet," said Trevor Stedke, vice president of Technical Services, Southwest Airlines. "We're excited to work with Boeing to take advantage of the full potential of this product and further leverage its capabilities to improve efficiency across our operations."

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