Sabre Airline Solutions Signs Agreement With Mxi

Sabre Airline Solutions, the industry leader in airline operations
technology, and Mxi Technologies, a leader in aviation maintenance
management software, have signed an agreement to provide the new breed of
maintenance and engineering software to the aviation industry.
Under terms of the agreement, the two companies will create an alliance
for the purpose of jointly marketing maintenance software and services to
the aviation industry. The offering from this alliance will be Mxi’s
Maintenix system, a comprehensive maintenance and engineering system that
delivers integrated functionality for maintenance, engineering, materials
and fleet management.

Current industry estimates show that approximately 9 to 13 percent of an
airlines’ operating cost is attributed to the maintenance of its fleet,
and approximately 20 percent of an airline’s workforce is in maintenance
and engineering. The goal of aviation maintenance software is to help
airlines reduce these maintenance costs while ensuring the safety of its
passengers and crew and minimizing disruptions.

Sabre Airline Solutions primary offering to date for maintenance software
systems is the Sabre Maxi-Merlin maintenance, engineering and inventory
system, an outgrowth of the Merlin system acquired during the conversion
of the US Airways reservations system in 1998.

The Maintenix system will be offered to existing Maxi-Merlin customers as
a replacement system to take advantage of advanced functionality and
Web-based architecture.

“The Maintenix system will take our offering in the maintenance and
engineering areas to a new level with the kind of smart technology we
strive to bring our customers—technology that simplifies the process
and provides near term cost savings,” said Steve Clampett, president of
Airline Products and Services for Sabre Airline Solutions. “A Web-enabled
user interface and an Oracle based platform make Maintenix easy-to-access
and easy-to-use. This combination of access and relational database
capability is particularly important when you realize that the maintenance
of an airlines falls within many different disciplines, crossing many
different systems—and in fact, can be an even greater challenge for
airlines to manage than their reservations systems.”


Maintenix will be integrated into the Sabre AirOps Control suite, which
provides airlines Systems Operation Center (SOC) personnel with
centralized, real-time access to critical data to make the best unbiased
decisions for an airline. In addition, new or existing customers will be
able to access Maintenix through the Sabre eMergo Web-enabled and
dedicated network solution, an application service provider (ASP)
offering. This delivery option provides the technology without the upfront
costs and maintenance of hardware and software systems associated with
installing in-house systems.

“We look forward to working with Sabre Airline Solutions to help airlines
achieve business benefits through the application of advanced information
technology to maintenance,” said Matthew Tobin, vice president of
Marketing and Alliances for Mxi Technologies. “We are honored to have
Maintenix as Sabre Airline Solutions’ new M&E offering and we are excited
at Sabre Airline Solution’s unique ability to offer Maintenix to the
airline market through a hosted ASP option.”

Maintenix has been selected by leading organizations throughout the
aviation industry including commercial airlines, corporate jet operators,
aerospace manufacturers and defense operators. Recent activities include a
deal with Boeing to provide maintenance, engineering and logistics
software modules for the Boeing Enterprise One comprehensive maintenance
management system for airlines and a selection by Lockheed Martin for the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

Sabre Airline Solutions will continue to support the Maxi-Merlin system,
and customers can choose to remain on this system at the end of their
current contract.

Mxi Technologies provides software for aviation maintenance management.
Mxi’s Maintenix product has been selected by leading aviation
organizations such as Delta Air Lines, Qantas, Air Canada, Boeing,
NetJets, Dassault, Bombardier Aerospace, Executive Jet Management, the
Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF program, and the US Navy. Maintenix uses a modern
architecture and provides advanced capabilities such as Web deployment,
automated workflow, electronic signatures, and support for portable
wireless devices. In addition to supplying Maintenix, Mxi provides a full
range of services including Maintenix implementation, systems integration,
training, and support.