Combining the latest in digital data management and technology innovation, Rolls-Royce has opened its new Airline Aircraft Availability Centre as part of its vision that every aircraft the company’s engines power departs and arrives consistently on time and does so in as efficient manner as possible. In an industry where a one percent fuel saving can reduce fuel costs by approximately US$250,000 for an aircraft over the period of a year, and an out-of-service aircraft can cost a carrier thousands of dollars per day, efficiency is critical.
The Airline Aircraft Availability Centre, which is based in Derby, U.K., will use industry-leading data analytics to plan engine operations and maintenance. Rolls-Royce currently monitors thousands of engines worldwide, ensuring the aircraft are available to service whenever needed and all parts and people are made available to ensure that happens.
The Airline Aircraft Availability Centre will take the data received and transform it in terms of scope and scale, thus enabling better service decisions to be made. The new Centre will also place Rolls-Royce in a position to turn the company’s IntelligentEngine concept into a reality, thus improving airline economics in terms of aircraft availability and fuel efficiency, supported by new services technologies and techniques.
According to Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President – Services, Civil Aerospace, “We are entering a new era of digital connectivity and new services technology which allows us to greatly expand the type of services we can offer, with aircraft availability a key objective. As the industry services innovator, our Airline Aircraft Availability Centre incorporates the advances of today and tomorrow to support our vision of every Rolls-Royce powered aircraft taking off and landing on time, every time.”
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