Canadian enterprise software provider IFS earlier this month announced that Colombian-headquartered low cost airline Viva has selected IFS to support its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and fleet planning operations. As Latin America’s fastest growing airline, with ambitious expansion plans across South and North America, Viva Air will deploy IFS software to support maintenance planning and execution across its growing fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Viva has a vision to establish itself as the leading low-cost airline in Latin America, already flying routes in Colombia, Peru, México and the United States, with planned international expansion into Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and more countries in the region. The airline currently operates 23 Airbus A320-200 and A320neo aircraft, with more than 30 aircraft currently on order with Airbus.
Advanced maintenance software was required to match these aggressive expansion plans. Following an extensive evaluation, Viva chose a cloud-based maintenance management system provided by IFS. IFS MRO and fleet planning software will provide visibility across the entire Viva network, bringing multiple disparate systems to a single view in order to more effectively scale the organization.
“After a rigorous procurement process, it was decided IFS provided the best technological solution for the Latin American market, particularly in terms of providing support for a single airline operating with multiple Air Operator’s Certificate (AOCs), with further AOCs planned,” said Francisco Lalinde, COO at Viva Air. “IFS provides Viva Air with a strong cloud-based foundation to grow in lockstep with our planned business, fleet and route expansions in the years to come.”
The cloud solution will be implemented and hosted by US based systems integrator Tsunami Tsolutions. Viva is the latest commercial airline customer to select IFS, joining other airline operators including LATAM, Copa Airlines, Cape Air, American Airlines subsidiary PSA Airlines and more.
“This selection continues to demonstrate that IFS is the maintenance planning and execution solution of choice in the Americas and globally. Airlines realize that IFS maintenance software provides the perfect balance between fleet utilization and maintenance efficiency, ultimately translating into smoother operations to delight passengers at the all-important moment of service, when their flight takes off on time and delivers them to their intended destination,” said Scott Helmer, President, Aerospace and Defense, at IFS.
ABOVE PHOTO: Viva CEO Félix Antelo stands in front of a GE LEAP 1A high-bypass turbofan mounted on one of the airiline’s brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft painted in its breast cancer awareness livery. (Photo © Loren Moss)