‘Smart Aircraft’ service debuts with first customer

APiJET's John Schramm
APiJET CEO John Schramm shows how parameters from an airplane’s data stream, including the startup of the jet’s engines, can be displayed on a Smart Aircraft dashboard. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

Seattle’s Aviation Partners and iJet Technologies have joined forces in a software-as-a-service venture called APiJET, which is aimed at making airplanes smarter — and producing significant savings for airlines in the process.

How significant? Joe Clark, founder and CEO of Aviation Partners Inc., said the Smart Aircraft system could cut the cost of operating an airplane by 10 percent or more.

“The airlines know that we don’t get involved in something unless we think it’s really good. … I see the traction happening very quickly,” he told reporters at Aviation Partners’ Boeing Field headquarters.

The first customer is low-cost carrier Icelandair, which has been been using APiJET’s data service since the end of 2017. It’s installed on all of the airline’s 757s and 767s.

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By Alan Boyle

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