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Tokyo November 16, 2005: Japan Airlines (JAL) has become the first customer for an innovative in-flight monitoring system from Boeing that will help JAL operate its aircraft at peak levels of safety, reliability and efficiency.

JAL is implementing Airplane Health Management (AHM) a new data-monitoring and prognostic service developed by Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, that monitors the health of an airplane in flight and relays that information in real time from the air to the ground. When the airplane arrives at the gate, maintenance crews are ready to make any needed repairs quickly.

JAL has been using the system as a development partner since the spring of 2004 on close to 50% of its Boeing 747-400 and 777 aircraft. With the new contract, JAL will extend use of the program to all aircraft of these two types.

During flight, AHM gathers data about systems on the airplane and relays that in real time to maintenance personnel on the ground. Based on that data, JAL maintenance crews can be ready to make repairs when the airplane arrives at its airport gate. AHM can therefore help operators reduce the number and length of airplane dispatch delays and convert certain tasks from non-routine to scheduled maintenance.
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