Southwest Airlines | April 26, 2022
Southwest Airlines has selected IFS as their enterprise maintenance management standard to maximize operational effectiveness while ensuring aircraft reliability and availability. IFS is currently operating throughout the airline's almost 730-strong fleet of Boeing 737-800, 737-700, and 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Southwest Airlines, the most significant domestic airline in the United States by enplanements and serving over 100 destinations, has embarked on an attempt to consolidate numerous outdated maintenance and compliance systems into a single solution. This solution enables Southwest to maintain a laser-like focus on its quality and compliance standards while upgrading its already industry-leading procedures.
Southwest maintenance employees now have access to the information they need to simplify configuration control and compliance management procedures via the IFS solution, which is now live. Additionally, IFS's insights are assisting in driving efficiency via the transformation and automation of processes that include a mobile user experience. For example, Southwest performed an end-to-end evaluation and refinement of its procedures as part of its MRO digital transformation to find opportunities for increased technical operations optimization and encourage a more digital style of working and a shift away from paper. Process digitalization also benefits compliance by enabling real-time validation at the maintenance point.
Southwest joins a list of industry giants, including Air France-KLM Group, China Airlines, LATAM Airlines, and Qantas.
"Effectively operating and delivering a fleet of safe and reliable aircraft is our utmost priority, and this starts with maintenance. IFS gives us the peace of mind and control we need to maximize the airtime of our fleet and deliver what is important to our customers - on-time flights and a great travel experience. The value of IFS does not stop at aircraft maintenance - the solution's open architecture means we have embedded it and made it an integral component of our enterprise-wide IT ecosystem. With careful planning and preparation, we are proud to have successfully undertaken the largest single MRO system migration in the history of our industry."
Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Landon Nitschke
IFS President, Aerospace and Defense, Scott Helmer added, "Southwest is an innovator among the world's airlines, and this milestone achievement speaks to the company's ambition and commitment to excellence. Throughout this project, IFS demonstrated an ability to handle the scale and volumetric of the world's largest airlines and was subjected to load testing that simulated a fleet of 1,000 aircraft. I am delighted that IFS's commitment to this industry is acknowledged with Southwest's choice; it is now well-positioned to continue its industry leadership in delivering world-class moments of services for its customers."
Southwest has introduced extensive and purpose-built airline maintenance capability into IFS Cloud by deploying IFS for aviation maintenance.
Mystifly | April 22, 2022
UATP and Mystifly announced a strategic partnership in which UATP will be integrated into MystiPay, an airline payment solution from Mystifly. The partnership focuses on reducing the cost of acceptance for travel payments.
"We recognize that the airline distribution and payments landscape is complex. Through MystiPay, and with UATP as the scheme, we want to offer a profitable and secure payment solution that unlocks new revenue streams and better rebates, while lowering the cost of acceptance. We take great pride in partnering with UATP as both businesses share a common vision to provide a better payment opportunity for all. We look forward to maximizing the value of this partnership."
Rajeev Kumar, CEO and MD, Mystifly
Today, Mystifly is one of the largest global B2B airfare aggregators backed by its strong travel technology vision. Mystifly offers search and retailing, order management, revenue and channel management, ancillary sales, multi-currency payment wallet and automated post booking management processes through their technology SaaS platform. Mystifly's model is to merge the gaps between aggregation, distribution, fulfilment and payments and settlements.
UATP President and CEO Ralph Kaiser commented, "Mystify continues to grow as a travel tech leader. Becoming an Issuer will enhance supplier relations and increase spending power. Mystifly will help save the industry money by utilizing UATP in its supplier relationships."
UATP is a global payment solution owned and operated by the world's airlines and accepted by thousands of merchants for air, rail and travel agency payments. UATP connects airlines to Alternative Forms of Payment which can expand reach and generate incremental sales globally. UATP offers easy-to-use data tools, DataStream℠ and DataMine℠, which provide comprehensive account details to Issuers and Corporate Subscribers for accurate travel management.
Mystifly is a travel tech leader in airline retailing envisioned to bring a positive difference in the experience of the travelers and how air travel is sold. Mystifly is the new operating system for existing or new businesses to start or grow their travel business globally. Certified by IATA as a NDC Level 4 Aggregator, Mystifly offers NDC-aligned tech stacks for businesses of every size. Founded in 2009, Mystifly unifies distribution, fulfilment and payments on a single platform that allows search, ticket, ancillary sales, post-booking services and payment for over 700 airlines including 180 LCCs, NDC and Non-NDC Airlines. Mystifly's suite of products empowers over 3000 clients globally.
Spirit Airlines | April 21, 2022
Spirit Airlines today announced a commitment to deepen its roots in Houston with the addition of an aircraft maintenance facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The facility, located along John F. Kennedy Boulevard, will serve as a large aircraft maintenance hangar with offices and warehousing for the Spirit Technical Operations team when it begins its first phase of operations.
The maintenance complex includes two aircraft bays and ramp space for up to four aircraft, as well as warehouse, shops, and office space, and adds an important geographical location to complement Spirit's maintenance hub in Detroit. Spirit plans to staff the facility with more than 50 Houston-based Team Members to maintain and service Spirit's growing fleet, which is planned to gain 24 new planes this year for a projected fleet-wide total of 197 by the end of 2022, and 33 more planes projected for delivery in 2023. As Spirit's network expands, this additional maintenance capacity will be located a short flight away from several of Spirit's busiest stations.
"Maintaining our Spirit Fit Fleet® in top condition is a priority for us every day, and we've picked the perfect additional location for our stellar Technical Operations team as they support our on-going growth. We're proud to bring the values and commitment to excellence that earned our team the FAA's Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Award of Excellence to Houston. Thank you to the IAH team for the great 10-year partnership, and we look forward to adding jobs and new maintenance capacity as we grow our presence in the community."
John Bendoraitis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Spirit Airlines
"Houston's strong economic outlook makes our city an attractive ally for corporate growth and expansion in a global marketplace," said Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner. "The new maintenance facility at Bush Airport will add quality jobs in our community. We value Spirit Airlines' commitment to Houston, as they continue to expand services in our city and invest in our workforce."
"Spirit Airlines will enhance their overall daily operations at Bush Airport by adding this new facility," said Director of Houston Airports Mario Diaz. "This will not only benefit passengers all over their network but will elevate the airport guest experience for those who fly out of Houston to the airline's multiple domestic and international destinations."
About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments something we call Á La Smarte®. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities.