Air China will employ Boeing’s airplane health management (AHM) system to monitor the in-flight condition of its Next-Generation 737 fleet.

The contract includes services for 117 Air China 737s that are either in service or on order.

The airways will use the AHM systems to collect and evaluate real-time in-flight flying condition data, which is then relayed to ground controllers.

The data will allow the airline to avoid time-consuming and costly maintenance delays through better planning and minimise or eliminate scheduling problems, benefiting passengers and improving overall airplane availability.

The system will also aid the airlines to identify and respond to faults through access to fleet-wide history and knowledge from multiple operators and support repair decisions on same-model airplanes.

AHM is a part of Boeing’s order-placement-through-retirement services for improving airline efficiency.