02 December 2014, Trivandrum: All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline by passenger numbers, has inked a deal with IBS Software for the implementation of its cloud based Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul software, iFlight MRO for maintenance of flight training related equipment. The deal widens IBS’ MRO footprint in APAC, with China Southern and Gameco as the other major customers in the region.
The solution will allow ANA to ensure that the various aircraft training equipments including the simulators are maintained and kept ready for operational training of its staff. The system will help manage the maintenance of these equipments besides allowing them to be scheduled for various training sessions.
ANA has a fleet strength of 243 (as of November, 2014) aircrafts and every pilot is trained on aircraft simulators before commercial operations. Hence it is imperative that simulators are defect-free and readily available for training requirements. Non-availability of these equipments or disruption in the trainings can result in a shortage of flight-ready pilots, impacting the commercial operations of the airline.
While the Aircraft Simulator Maintenance tasks and activities are similar to that of the commercial aircrafts, the processes are much different and flexible. This, therefore, demands a system that is capable of handling all aircraft maintenance, but with much more simplicity and efficiency. Following a stringent evaluation carried out by ANA, iFlight MRO emerged as the preferred choice because of its scalability to manage both lean and complex processes through a single application platform. The solution is offered to ANA on a SaaS mode from the IBS-managed data center in Japan.
Speaking on this occasion, Yukihiko Sasaki, Vice President & Head of Portfolio Management of the Airline noted, “We selected iFlight MRO through a stringent evaluation process that endorsed the capability of the product to meet our business requirements. We require the product to be implemented and fully integrated in to our IT system in very short duration with no room for any error. The product capability, along with the proven delivery track record of IBS improves the predictability of the implementation and minimizes our risk. We look forward for a successful implementation and to work with iFlight MRO in the coming years”
Speaking on behalf of IBS, Sankalp Saxena, President & Head of Aviation Business Services acknowledges, “We are indeed delighted that an airline of such international standing has placed trust in IBS’ capabilities to manage the maintenance requirements of its flight training equipment. To our already proven capability of addressing the complex maintenance process for commercial airlines & MRO shops, this deal with ANA highlights the flexibility of the product to adapt to the lean & simple process associated with the maintenance of flight training equipment”.
About iFlight MRO
iFlight MRO, is an easy-to-use, functionally rich, enterprise-wide, information system suited to the specific needs of airline Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) and third party MRO business. The system provides business process functionality for planning the technical, operational and commercial aspects, whilst observing regulatory compliance (Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) etc.) required by airlines and MRO facilities. iFlight MRO provides the foundation for the implementation of best-in-class business processes that help maintenance and engineering facilities realize a considerable reduction in overall maintenance costs.
iFlight MRO is cloud enabled and embraces the latest technology innovations to provide users with a rich and scalable functionality to address the growing requirements of the entire Aircraft MRO industry including Airlines, Components & Engine Shops, third party Hangars and Flight Simulator operators.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the 13th largest airline in the world by revenues (2013) and the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 72 international routes and 115 domestic routes with a fleet of about 240 aircraft. ANA Group has 33,000 employees. In 2013, it carried 46 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.6 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a core member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and was awarded five stars in 2013 and 2014 by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.