ADSoftware announced that AirPack solution was chosen by South African Airbus operator Global Airways.
ADSoftware’s presence in the African aviation industry started in 2003 when the French aviation software developer and publisher was selected to provide its flagship AirPack maintenance software by Air Austral in Reunion Island. In 2009 the company opened a new office in South Africa through its local partner, Hi-Fly Marketing. To date ADSoftware has increased its footprint on the African continent by signing 16 operators, spanning across the continent from countries like Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Mauritania, Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Nigeria, South Africa, Reunion Island and Burkina Faso to name a few.
The AirPack solution developed by ADSoftware was one of the first maintenance applications on the market to offer an innovative MRO ERP solution suitable for small and medium aviation operators. Ever since, AirPack feels it has proved that powerful solutions don’t have to be complicated and expensive. The accessibility of the system together with the technical support in the implementation and integration phase have been keys to its success in Africa the company says. The flexibility and pricing structure of the package allows fleets that are as small as two aircraft to as large as 30 aircraft to benefit from the system.
In December 2008, Air Botswana signed a deal with ATR for two 68-seat advanced turbo propeller aircraft ATR 72–500 worth US$37 million. The aircraft were delivered in March 2009 and integrated into AirPack in 2011 when the national airline decided to proactively implement a framework of internal controls over its maintenance department as part of its continuing efforts to adopt global best practices.
In 2013, the newly launched national carrier Air Côte d’Ivoire selected ADSoftware’s fleet management system and logistics solutions to support its modern fleet of Airbus A319, thus becoming the first Airbus operator in Africa to select AirPack. “We are aiming to support African airlines in their transition towards operating new generation aircraft. If we include MRO/CAMO fleets, we now handle more than a hundred A320s” confirms Fred Ulrich, ADSoftware’s CEO. Based on its solid experience with this aircraft type, Global Airways a South African lessor that has recently started operating 4 Airbus A320s, decided to sign with ADSoftware.