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
"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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