The IFS Aerospace and Defence unit has announced its first win since the acquisition of MXI technologies. It the first for the newly reformed IFS A&D division. They have won a deal with PSA Airlines (PSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines. PSA operates several full maintenance hangers across the US including the recently opened Greenfield-Spartanburg. Its other facilities are located at Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and Dayton International Airport (DAY).
Growth needed change
PSA has grown quickly. They have more than doubled their fleet from 49 aircraft in 2014 to 115 aircraft today. That expansion will continue with plans to deploy 150 Bombardier CRJ Aircraft. To meet this growing demand it needed to replace its legacy maintenance systems with something scalable. It also wanted the new system to help eliminate the remaining manual processes in place .
After looking across the MRO market, that no doubt included a look at Infor and Ramco, they selected IFS Maintenix. The solution will manage the complete lifecycle MRO functionality for the company. This will cover functional areas such as engineering, planning, line maintenance and materials management. Once implemented Maintenix will help meet the demands of growth while also maintaining a high level of safety, quality and compliance.
Gary Pratt, Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering at PSA Airlines commented: “In this competitive market, PSA Airlines prides itself on providing customers with the highest degree of customer service and operational performance that comes from well-maintained aircraft, professional and dedicated staff, and on-time passenger services delivery. Throughout the evaluation process, it readily became apparent that IFS Maintenix was the right solution capable of meeting our needs for a modern, flexible, and user-friendly approach to maintenance management and compliance control.”
IFS fighting back
Recent wins by Ramco in the US MRO market put IFS A&D on notice that they had a new competitor. However, Ramco aviation wins are often in helicopter maintenance rather than airplanes. This win helps cement IFS Maintenix as one of the leading aviation MRO solutions. It will be interesting to see how much it can grow market share now. That will only increase once the software platforms are integrated and additional IoT and analytics capability is added.
Scott Helmer, SVP, Aviation and Defense at IFS commented: “It is always a tremendous source of pride when a respected organization such as PSA Airlines joins our growing customer community. This relationship is indicative of aviation services providers recognizing the inherent business gains that come with using a system that can deliver on the promise of standard, lean and predictable aviation maintenance. We look forward to working closely with PSA Airlines in helping them continue to be among the top brand names in the regional airlines market.”
This is an especially important win as American Airlines maintenance subsidiary AA-MRO currently uses the Flatirons MRO Solution. If the implementation of the IFS software is successful American Airlines could take an interest. This would be a bigger and substantial win for the A&D division but also one that MXI with its limited international coverage could have achieved prior to the acquisition.