Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Thai Airways International announced that the airline
has acquired cutting-edge materials-management and maintenance systems. The
Bangkok-based airline is at the forefront of airlines that are using e-Enabled
tools to achieve greater efficiency.
Thai Airways becomes the 11th customer of Boeing's Integrated Materials
Management, a program under which Boeing manages supplier-owned inventory at
airline maintenance locations. The program promotes reduced inventory holding
and reduces supply-chain management costs for the airline.
Thai Airways will only pay for parts as it uses them, thereby significantly
reducing inventory holding costs and improving its return on assets. Boeing
takes responsibility for purchasing, inventory management and logistics of
the carrier's expendable aircraft parts.
In addition, Thai Airways will use Maintenance Performance Toolbox to streamline
maintenance on its Boeing fleet of Classic 737s, 747-400s and 777s. Toolbox,
which is becoming a must-have software package for efficiency-driven carriers,
represents the industry's first set of productivity tools to unify an airline's
maintenance and engineering operations from start to finish. Thirty-five carriers
have acquired Toolbox since the first customer signed up in late 2005.
"Thai Airways is successful because our customers know they will be treated
to a superior flying experience," said Tummasak Chutiwong, managing director,
Technical. "That means we must constantly improve our performance, which
is exactly what these e-Enabled tools help us do. We are pleased to have Boeing
as a partner in striving for the high standards we set for ourselves."
Increasingly over the last 12 months, airlines are embracing the value of adopting
multiple Boeing e-Enabled products and services that interact seamlessly and
help drive efficiency and performance.
In late 2005, Thai Airways became one of the world's first airlines to
sign up for Boeing Airplane Health Management.
"We're seeing growing momentum in terms of airlines choosing multiple
Boeing products and services as they see how these offerings can be combined
to provide tailored solutions to unique challenges," said Mark Owen,
vice president of Material Management for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. "Thai
Airways has a strong reputation for focusing on its customers, and we're
gratified that the airline sees these tools as a way to improve its service."
All three e-Enabled programs acquired by Thai Airways represent core technologies
in Boeing's strategy to provide an integrated suite of products to e-Enable
the air transport system. Central to the effort is the idea that data, information
and knowledge are collected and shared across an entire enterprise so that
airlines operate at the highest levels of safety, security and efficiency.
Integrated Materials Management represents the next generation of integrated
supply-chain services. It can help reduce costly and time-consuming supply
problems such as stock-outs, late delivery and low-inventory turn rates while
at the same time reducing the substantial investment a carrier must normally
make in inventory.
Thai Airways has signed up for two popular Toolbox modules, Library and Authoring,
which will help the airline manage source maintenance data, as well as efficiently
customize maintenance information, based on its own systems.
Toolbox today comprises six different tools in one easy-to-use suite of software
products available via an Internet browser as a secured, hosted service.