How Airlines Can Improve Operational Efficiency & Save Money

19th Nov 2015

Our ENVISION software features many modules, one of which is focused on Fleet Management. Here we will explore how this particular module works as a powerful tool to help an airline effectively manage its fleet and reduce operating costs.   


In a market where there is such fierce competition, increasing consolidation, daily change and high levels of cost-sensitivity, it’s important for an airline to closely manage its operations, from the aircraft that it flies to the workforce that it employs. 


Each department and its staff, including cabin crew, pilots, engineers and management, play a pivotal role in keeping a fleet in operation and AOG (aircraft on ground) situations to a minimum. 


But how can an airline keep on top of the huge amount of data that they are required to input, update, send and receive? And how can an IT solution that is so easily integrated into an existing business model have such a significant impact on an airline’s success rate, finances and operational efficiency? 


Real-time data and flexibility


With new innovations and technologies available, offering up to date information and customisable solutions, it’s not surprising that the whole industry now demands real-time data and flexibility. 


Whether an airline operates a couple of single aisle aircraft or it flies a large fleet consisting of several different aircraft types from the A320 to the A380, it will certainly benefit from a sophisticated planning tool that delivers all of the above, and more. 


And ENVISION’s Fleet Management module is just that. 


We all know how important that is is for data to safely make its way to and from the hangar, head office, the cockpit and airports and this is why Rusada has developed a solution that not only accommodates the sending and receiving of maintenance, component and operational data but also provides an operator with the tools to manage its data clearly and to a high standard. 


Indeed, an airline is one organisation that simply cannot function – or be compliant – without having accurate logs and tailor made solutions, giving them an overview of everything from maintenance processes and expenditure to aircraft documentation/manuals. 


And it’s this data and flexibility that gives an operator the capacity to react to unplanned maintenance events, keeping its aircraft off ground for as long as possible. 


The Fleet Management module can not only provide and airline with the above but it also has the functionality to reduce the errors and delays associated with data entry thanks to it being integrated with flight following systems and aircraft telemetry, such as ACARS. 


In addition, the module features a maintenance control diary that gives airlines the chance to report aircraft information including handover reports or AOG information and a technical library that can record all documentation received as well as manage copyholders worldwide. 


Plus, it perfectly compliments other ENVISION modules, such as Operations Control for Flight Ops, by utilising the information from the other components, which removed the need to input data more than once. 


This module, like ENVISION in general, is a hub of data and also allows a user to attach electronic documentation to records, store scanned logs against sectors, attach damage photos and reports against defects, and delivery documents against registrations. 


This consequently provides an airline with a clear overview of its operations as well as past events, giving it the ability to plan and forecast for future programmes and maintenance processes, cutting both operating costs and lead times. 


Forecasting and planning


Certainly, ENVISION’s Fleet Management module is a popular solution for airlines; it gives them the ability to utilise complex control combinations for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft on civil and military programmes and through its comprehensive functions ticks many money-saving boxes. 


Importantly, it gives users the confidence to work on forecasting scenarios for both actual and planned programmes to deliver true maintenance effectiveness comparisons, as well as the confidence to change aircraft programmes so that airlines can compare actual dues against potential dues on a parallel planned programme. 


Can you imagine being able to visualise the maintenance forecast and use it to create a maintenance plan to suit your daily operations? 


With this module an airline can do just that. And when paired with Operations Control, planned maintenance visits are visible on the operations planning boards, giving an even clearer overview of internal processes and operations. 


Unsurprisingly, the maintenance programme creation, revision and approval processes of the module were developed with efficiency in mind. 


Fleet Management also supports EASA part M with an advanced maintenance programme revision system that can manage both approved and draft programme fleet revisions. 


And with quick work pack creation available, to help in AOG situations, it’s the ideal tool to help operators equip themselves with what they need to ensure they are reducing costs and increasing the reliability of their fleets. 


In addition, Airworthiness Directive and Service Bulletin assessments are handled with ease with the help of our Technical Publications module, creating a task and scheduling it against an aircraft or component within a fleet. 


As airlines face daily challenges, including: transporting huge numbers of passengers around the world, managing and maintaining multi-million dollar fleets, and staying on top of countless overheads, it’s obvious a solution that can be accessed remotely and updated anywhere in the world, is an extremely attractive one.   


Not only has Envision reacted to the industry-wide demands for real-time data but it has also embraced the trend of planned maintenance, preventative maintenance and forecasting through Fleet Management. 


If you’d like to reduce your business’s operating costs or to find out more about how you can take advantage of Rusada’s Fleet Management module use the link below.