Two airlines sign for EmbraerX Beacon MRO software suite
US airline JetBlue and Binter Canarias plan to adopt Embraer’s Beacon maintenance coordination platform, powered by EmbraerX marketplace accelerator. Airlines have already entered into trial partnerships to use the software suite, Embraer said at the Farnborough Airshow on Wednesday.
“We are excited to usher our teams into a new digital era with Beacon,” said Alvaro Espinoza, Maintenance Manager at JetBlue. “We have long awaited a solution that speeds aircraft return to service by helping our workforce be even more coordinated and reducing the complexity and pressure they face as we improve the knowledge management of the operation.”
JetBlue will initially integrate the system at its New York and Boston bases, and expand to other airports and routes, Beacon officials said. Binter will begin the program in September with all five E195-E2 jets in its fleet, although the software also works with other aircraft types.
Peter Glowa, Head of Business Strategy for Beacon, said AIN the program was originally launched for commercial airlines, then the company added business jet operations. He said military operators can also use Beacon.
“We can’t wait to get started and see how our day-to-day operations will be affected by using Beacon,” said Binter COO Javier Bretón. “It’s a promising concept, and the expectations are extremely high to improve not only the availability of the fleet but also the human resources of the airline.”
Embraer officials said Aeroméxico Connect and U.S. regional airline Republic Airways were early adopters of Beacon technology.
“We are increasing the number of participants on the platform and measuring the results to share the success with other operators,” said Marco Cesarino, Head of Beacon. “It’s about keeping passengers in the air. We want to focus on customers flying in environments with distributed teams, as this highlights the power of Beacon. Where connectivity was limited before, now they can be on Beacon, powered by technology.