Air France Tackles Maintenance Parts Management

Carrier's maintenance provider to use Xelus software to plan, forecast and deploy inventory used in aircraft, engine service

Rochester, NY — December 4, 2003 — Air France has selected a solution from service management specialist Xelus to manage inventory for its maintenance, repair and overhaul operations.

The solution will be deployed by Air France Industries, the world's second-ranking multi-product aviation maintenance company, serving Air France and more than 100 other customers operating all over the world.

The Xelus software will provide demand forecasting, inventory and replenishment planning, deployment and strategic inventory optimization for aircraft and engine maintenance.

"Airlines able to immobilize their fleets for the shortest possible time for optimal aircraft maintenance have a competitive edge," said an Air France spokesperson. "It is therefore essential for companies in this sector to develop the most suitable tools and methods to meet market demands."

The Xelus deployment is part of a strategic information technology initiative by Air France in support of air safety, improved aircraft operation and cost containment.

"We are pleased to welcome Air France to our growing list of aviation customers, including Aviall, Alaska Airlines, BAE Systems, British Airways, Delta, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin," said Terry Stinson, chairman and CEO of Xelus.