Emirates and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to leverage advanced digital technologies to accelerate improvements in maintenance operations.
Efforts will focus on key areas including: drone-assisted aircraft inspections, improving the accuracy and effectiveness of maintenance tasks through the use of virtual and augmented reality, as well as next-generation predictive and forecasting maintenance.
Ahmed Safa, Senior Vice President of Emirates Engineering Division saying:
“Our partnership with Boeing will allow us to maximize the benefits of advanced technologies and digital excellence to improve operational reliability, minimize disruptions and ensure our fleet operates to the highest standards, ultimately providing our customers with a better experience. Whether your drones perform inspections with meticulous Agility or AR visualizations that help engineers see behind panels or inside ductwork to locate potentially defective components that aren’t visible to the naked eye, without having to dismantle them, we’re taking action “important to optimize aircraft maintenance to its maximum potential on our Boeing 777 fleet.”
“Supporting our customers on their digital transformation journey is about more than just improving maintenance operations,” said Brad Surak, vice president of Digital Aviation Solutions, Boeing Global Services. “It’s about applying innovation to ensure your optimal operations needs are met today and for the long term.”
The integration of drone technology for maintenance tasks represents a leap forward for the airline, helping to accelerate exterior inspections on wide-body aircraft using ultra-high resolution cameras with the ability to reach all angles of the aircraft to detect imperfections. on the surface. The images and data collected become the basis of highly detailed reports, allowing for much greater accuracy and assisting with audits for future inspections.
Mixed reality and the use of augmented reality and virtual reality visual tools mean that engineers can investigate the innermost workings of any part of an aircraft and other complexities. These technologies promise to deliver more accurate and comprehensive aircraft inspections, reduce the risk of human error, and significantly reduce the time aircraft spend out of service, optimizing fleet availability and performance.
Next-generation predictive maintenance and forecasting technology provided by Boeing leverages advanced analytics and forecasting insights, enabling Emirates to make more informed fleet maintenance decisions.
Emirates Engineering is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft maintenance facilities in the world, supporting the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft. The team manages and implements all aspects of maintenance, engineering, quality, planning and logistics. The 400,000 square meter facility has 12 hangars that form the largest free-standing structures in the Middle East.
News source: Dubai Press Office