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SAS becomes launch customer for new Skywise solution from Airbus, GE and Delta

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has become the launch customer for a new Airbus, Delta TechOps and GE Digital ‘Skywise Predictive Maintenance’ (SPM) solution.

The ‘SPM Alliance’ solution is the first to combine predictive maintenance algorithms from Airbus as OEM, Delta TechOps as an MRO and operational expert and GE Digital as software expert. The three companies have formed the Digital Alliance to provide predictive maintenance solutions.

SPM Alliance encompasses a wide scope of components for aircraft and engines produced by various manufacturers.

SAS will utilise the solution on its A30 family fleet, which consists of around 70 aircraft.

“SAS is proud to be the launch customer of SPM Alliance and we look forward to using its powerful analytics,” said SAS’ head of technical operations Marko Rudic. “Thanks to SPM Alliance, we will be able to pre-empt operational disruptions and accelerate maintenance decisions by predicting potential in-service issues across our large A320 family fleet. This is the proactive approach to fleet technical management that SAS wants to take.”

Airbus’ SVP digital solutions Lionel Rouby commented: “As airlines are on the path to recovery, it is more important than ever to support them in saving costs and optimising their fleets’ availability. This is precisely what SPM Alliance does: covering a wide scope of equipment, our new solution brings another dimension to predictive maintenance that will considerably reduce unplanned maintenance.”

The Digital Alliance was initiated with Delta TechOps in 2019 and then strengthened in 2021 with the arrival of GE Digital; it aims to develop a portfolio of nose-to-tail and cross-fleet solutions that will harness each member’s respective analytics capabilities expertise for airframes, systems and engines, to be accessed via a unified portal through the Skywise platform.

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