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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 Limited

Tokyo, May 18, 2011

Fujitsu 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] Automated Identification Technologies

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

  • [2] 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 the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. 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

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This press release has been revised as of December 17, 2018.

Date: 18 May, 2011
City: Tokyo
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