25. 02. 2009 - Czech Airlines’ Modern System for Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Management Wins the Project of the Year Award
Prague, 25 February 2009
The new specialised information system for aircraft maintenance and repair management, referred to as the MRO system (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul), won the award for being the IT Project of 2008. The MRO project received the title in a competition organised annually by the Czech Association of Information Technologies Managers, associating 101 leading IT managers.
Every year, this competition looks for, objectively and professionally assesses, and awards the best IT projects. A committee selected eight finalists out of all the entries, one of them being the MRO AMOS system, which Czech Airlines launched in November 2008. The expert jury rated the project highly, and in the end it was awarded the title: Winner of the Competition for the IT Project of 2008.
“We very greatly value the recognition from experts, who realise how demanding and extensive this project was. The engineering and aircraft mechanics professions have played a significant role in building a great reputation for Czech Airlines. With this project, Czech Airlines’ 85-year tradition received an important innovative impulse for the future,” said Czech Airlines’ Vice President for IT, Jiří Devát, who accepted the award yesterday at a gala ceremony in Žofín Palace.
Czech Airlines’ investment into this project amounted to tens of millions of crowns. But the costs will be recovered in less than two years. The aim of the project is to improve the internal functioning of aircraft maintenance, while maintaining the high level of safety of the aircraft fleet. It should bring, among other things, a significant reduction in maintenance time and a reduction of the warehouse stock of aircraft parts, by up to one-quarter by the end of this year. In the first month of live operation alone, inventory stocks dropped by nearly 14 percent, thereby reducing the volume of funds bound up in them.
The deployment of the sophisticated planning tool AMOS, by Swiss Aviation Software, also represents great potential for growth in the productivity and efficiency of the work of the Technical Division. This will increase Czech Airlines’ competitiveness, not only as an airline, but also as an entity active in the international aircraft maintenance market.
The system, which Czech Airlines started using last November, improves the process of aircraft maintenance planning and allows for better utilisation of all resources, including personnel and materials. At the same time, it allows for more extensive utilisation of data from the reliability tracking system. The system keeps track of all information about the aircraft of Czech Airlines and of external customers, such as the number of hours flown or the age and manner of operation of the aircraft, from which are derived the requirements as to regular inspections and maintenance. The integrated system has replaced a number of solutions that did not allow for any further development of repair activities. A similar system is currently used by over 50 airlines.
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson
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