Air France KLM’s engineering and maintenance division is evaluating the potential for blockchain to become its new digital ledger for managing replacement parts on in-service airplanes. During a recent webinar, the airline’s MRO division joined Microsoft and Ramco Aviation to discuss their research into future uses of blockchain in aircraft maintenance.
In January, IBM became one of the first companies to propose the use of Blockchain as a way to improve the aircraft maintenance process for airlines. Originally popularized by its association with the recording of bitcoin transactions, blockchain is a data structure with the ability to establish a digital archive of data shared across networks of computers in a public or provide configuration.
“However, in the last couple of years, there has been more interest in its distributed-ledger capabilities,” said Richard Knight, a member of the Microsoft “Global Black Belt” team based in Asia.