Delta TechOps Expanding Predictive Maintenance Capabilities with New Airbus Partnership

Building on the foundation of innovative predictive maintenance successes in recent years, Delta is partnering with Airbus to make aviation maintenance more efficient and more economical for Delta Air Lines and operators worldwide through Delta TechOps, the maintenance, repair and overhaul provider business of Delta Air Lines.

“This partnership with Airbus will further develop predictive maintenance capabilities, bringing the deep analytical prowess of Airbus’ Skywise platform in conjunction with the rich technical and operational knowledge of the Delta predictive maintenance team,” said Don Mitacek, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Technical Operations. “We look forward to significant enhancements of prediction accuracies through this combination.”

In 2015, Delta TechOps began working with Airbus to develop its initial predictive program, Prognostic Risk Management (PRM), by co-designing, testing and making improvement recommendations about some of its key features.

In 2018, Delta signed a multi-year agreement with Airbus to use the Skywise Core Platform and Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM) application. . As the first major U.S. carrier to invest in the tool, Delta utilizes Skywise on its A320 and A330 aircraft to track and analyze operations and performance data so it can assess the failure probabilities of aircraft parts to anticipate maintenance tasks before they’re needed.

Today, Delta has an internal team of experienced employees who leverage the operational know-how and deep engineering skills of more than 11,000 professional at Delta TechOps. Delta assures accuracy of the predictions through the bench testing of parts and components for the predicted fault.

With a success rate of over 95 percent for pending failure predictions, Delta’s predictive maintenance program is just another way Delta is building the world’s most reliable airline. And the proof is in the numbers. In 2010, Delta had more than 5,600 cancellations due to maintenance versus 2018, where the Delta logged only 55 maintenance-related cancellations.


Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America. Its customers laud its reputation for high quality service. In addition to supplying maintenance and engineering support for Delta’s fleet of more than 900 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world. The organization specializes in high-skill work such as engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs more than 11,000 maintenance professionals and is one of the world’s most-experienced providers with more than 90 years of aviation experience. More about Delta TechOps is available at


Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of €64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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