Czech Airlines is implementing a new integrated information system for the administration and management of aircraft maintenance, the so-called MRO system (maintenance, repair, and overhaul). The new system for the management and planning of the maintenance, documentation, and administration of aircraft units and spare parts will significantly reduce the costs, and make more efficient, the work of the Technical Division of Czech Airlines, which provides repair and maintenance to the airlines’ own aircraft technology and provides its services to external companies, as well. The tender for the supply of the system was won by Swiss Aviation Software, with its AMOS product. The implementation of the system was launched in early September.
The system will keep track of all of the required information about the aircraft of Czech Airlines as well as external customers, such as the number of hours flown and the manner in which the planes are operated, from which the regular inspection and maintenance requirements are derived. At the same time, the system will guarantee a sufficiently detailed, comprehensive, and demonstrable record of all of the maintenance, repair, and overhaul performed. It will allow for searches back in time, to show how and with what result a specific maintenance intervention, repair, or overhaul was performed on a specific airplane or part, such as a structural element, engine, or various electronic devices.
“The deployment of a modern MRO system will stimulate a significant growth in the productivity and effectiveness of the Technical Division, and will thus increase Czech Airlines’ competitiveness, not only as an airline carrier, but also as an entity active on the international aircraft maintenance market. We strive, among other things, to reduce the duration of maintenance by up to 20 percent, and to reduce our spare part inventory stock by at least 90 million crowns”, said Czech Airline’s Vice-President for Information Technologies, Jiř’ Devát.
The information systems used by Czech Airlines to date have not allowed for any further development of its repair activities. The new system will, on the contrary, provide a further increase of the capacity of the Technical Section, which is positioning itself for the potential expansion of the maintenance capacity of Czech Airlines, should the Airline decide to roll out the Repair Centre project, the so-called Hangar G, which has been suspended.
“Aircraft repair and maintenance is on the rise in the Central European Region. Czech Airlines’ services in this respect are highly in demand among foreign carriers, and we presently do not have the capacity to meet their needs,” said the Vice-President, Technical at Czech Airlines, Tomá? Heczko.
Czech Airlines’ technicians provide regular maintenance and overhauls for the Airlines’ own fleet, comprising 50 aircraft of the types ATR 42/72, Boeing 737, Airbus A319, A320, A321, and A310. They also offer their services, primarily the so-called heavy maintenance, to external clients, who include Transavia Airlines, Air Berlin, Lufthansa Technik, Hapag Lloyd Flug, and SN Brusel Airlines.