Etihad adopts Boeing Maintenance Solutions to optimize fleet efficiency

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At the Dubai Air Show, Etihad and Boeing signed a variety of services agreements that will help the airline improve cost savings and streamline its maintenance operations planning.

The agreements will include: 

  • a landing gear exchange and optimization program to ensure availability of landing gear shipsets and reduce the time span for unplanned AOG events; and
  • an optimized maintenance program, which utilizes data analytics combined with the expertise of Boeing consultants with extensive OEM and airline operations knowledge and experience.
“As the largest 787 operator in the region, our partnership with Boeing extends beyond that of a typical supplier, customer engagement into a close working relationship across our operational teams to optimize the efficiency of our fleet and maintenance programmes, reduce costs and streamline processes,” said Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. “We have done a lot of work in recent years to ensure our fleet is optimized efficiently and the specific service agreements signed today will help drive that programme through greater collaboration with Boeing, as the original equipment manufacturer.”

With the landing gear exchange program, Boeing will guarantee availability of landing gear shipsets wherever and whenever they are needed to support the Etihad fleet, enabling more efficient and cost-effective maintenance operations. 

Shown at the signing ceremony are: Brendan Curran, vice president, Commercial Services, Boeing Global Services and Paul Kear, senior vice president, Technical, Etihad Airways

The complementary Landing Gear Optimization and Optimized Maintenance Program services will provide data-driven insights supported by best practices recommendations from experienced Boeing business consulting teams – all designed to find the optimal timeframe for landing gear maintenance, as well as the overall fleet maintenance plans.

“At Boeing, we are committed to finding a way to help our airline customers drive cost-savings, efficiency and sustainability improvements in all aspects of our aftermarket services,” said Anbessie Yitbarek, Boeing vice president of Commercial Services Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide these services, and continue our partnership with Etihad to find the right solutions that will support their broader operational efficiency initiatives.”