Another Russian airline opts for Swiss-made MRO software

Ural Airlines Ural Airlines will introduce the new system at its main base at Yekaterinburg, which is currently being upgraded with new MRO facilities and additional capabilities (Ural Airlines)

Ural Airlines, Russia’s fourth largest passenger carrier, has selected the AMOS software solution produced by Swiss-AS to replace its antiquated in-house maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) management system.

The move supports the airline’s preparation for the servicing of the next-generation Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320neo narrow-bodies that are due to be delivered next year, as well as increasing its third-party MRO capabilities.

The carrier has opted for the AMOS Airline/MRO Edition, which specifically fits the airline’s business model: utilising the new software allows Ural to manage its own maintenance requirements as an airline, whilst also performing a considerable number of third-party MRO activities. This solution brings increased efficiency to Ural by providing the necessary tools to accurately manage the planning and execution of aircraft maintenance.

The new software replaces the airline’s legacy maintenance and engineering system. “By implementing AMOS, Ural Airlines’ manpower can be redistributed to focus on more advanced and complex innovation and digitalisation projects rather than taking care of an out-dated legacy system embedded in a fragmented MRO-IT landscape,” explains Ronald Schaeuffele, chief executive of Swiss-AS.

Ural Airlines will introduce the new system at its main base at Yekaterinburg, which is currently being upgraded with new facilities and additional capabilities.

Reportedly, the airline is ambitious to start offering more maintenance services to third-party customers. Whereas currently the centre holds approvals for providing continued airworthiness of the Airbus A320 family and focuses on Ural Airline’s own fleet of 45 A320s, the recent order for 14 Boeing 737MAX aircraft requires a significant investment in new capabilities. “Starting from next year we will begin to operate brand new Airbus A320 and A321neo as well as the Boeing 737-8 MAX, so for us it is the right time to start our partnership with Swiss-AS,” reiterates Igor Poddubniy, Ural Airlines’ technical director.

In the meantime, the project team at Ural Airlines is working smartly on a speedy introduction of the Swiss software to its 350 designated users. The new systems may later be migrated to the airline’s supplementary maintenance bases at Moscow’s Domodedovo, and at Samara and Chelyabinsk.

In Russia and the CIS region, existing AMOS customers include airlines, such as Aeroflot, Pobeda, Rossiya, Belavia and Turkmenistan Airlines, and MRO providers TS-Technic, A-Technics, UTG M&E and, most recently, S7 Technics.

AMOS is being developed and distributed by Swiss AviationSoftware, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines.

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