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Alaska Airlines to Participate in Development of New Aircraft Maintenance Service from Fujitsu and Boeing

Offered as verification environment for aircraft and maintenance facilities, validating greater efficiency in maintenance operations

Fujitsu

May 18, 2011

FFujitsu today announced that, as part of a joint-development initiative being pursued by Fujitsu and Boeing, Alaska Airlines has agreed to participate as a pilot user in the development and demonstration of a new aircraft maintenance service, the Component Management Optimization service, scheduled for launch in the last quarter of 2011 (October to December 2011). Alaska Airlines also agreed to use its fleet and Seattle-based maintenance organization for the joint development.

The Component Management Optimization service, which Fujitsu and Boeing are jointly developing, is a new service for airlines and aircraft maintenance companies. Using Automated Identification Technologies (AIT)(1), the service employs reader devices to automatically scan component data stored on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and Contact Memory Buttons (CMB)(2), such as serial numbers, manufacturing dates and maintenance history records, thereby enabling greater efficiency in aircraft maintenance operations. Boeing plans to launch this service for the maintenance of Boeing fleets, as well as non-Boeing fleets, in the last quarter of 2011

The new service will enable Alaska Airlines to significantly reduce both time and operational costs involved in maintenance operations.

As part of its strategic alliance, Fujitsu will provide Boeing with exclusive access to a globally-shared ICT platform that includes AIT devices, device readers, middleware, and system integration and deployment services.


  • [1] Alaska Airlines to Participate in Development of New Aircraft Maintenance Service from Fujitsu and Boeing

    Automated Identification Technologies: Technologies in hardware and software devices that automatically recognize data information retrieved from bar codes, magnetic cards, and RFID tags.

  • [2.] Alaska Airlines to Participate in Development of New Aircraft Maintenance Service from Fujitsu and Boeing

    Contact Memory Button: Contact-based automatic identification technology that features superior environmental durability and is suitable for use in components surrounding the engine and other components.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

Fujitsu America, Inc. is a leading ICT solutions provider for organizations in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Fujitsu enables clients to meet their business objectives through integrated offerings including consulting, systems integration, managed services and outsourcing for enterprise applications, data center and field services operations, based on server, software, storage and mobile technologies. Fujitsu provides industry-oriented solutions for manufacturing, retail, healthcare, government, education, financial services and communications sectors. For more information, please visit: http://solutions.us.fujitsu.com/

About Fujitsu Caribbean

Fujitsu Caribbean is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US$47-billion Fujitsu Group and a part of Fujitsu America Inc. Fujitsu integrates the core expertise of our skilled resources and Business Partners to deliver IT Infrastructure Solutions and Managed Services that continuously evolve to respond to our customer’s complex business and technology issues. Focused on the Financial Services, Telecommunications and Government sectors we simplify IT for our customers and build more value into their IT investments. Fujitsu is the world’s third largest IT Services Company and has been operating in the Caribbean for over 50 years. Managed by a regional executive team, we have offices in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad; including business agents in the Bahamas, St. Vincent, Haiti, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominican Republic and Grenada, to serve the entire region. Fujitsu has delivered and currently supports mission critical ICT solutions and networks across the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean. For more information on Fujitsu Caribbean, visit www.fujitsu.com/caribbean/ .

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Date: 18 May, 2011
Company: Fujitsu,