About

During early 2015, our development team created a new database, titled ‘Flightpath’, this single database replaced the multiple databases that had previously powered both ACAS and Ascend Fleets. In order to present this single database to users, we decided to build a single web-based front end that was as powerful as ACAS, yet as easy to use as Ascend Fleets. During July 2015 we released the first version of this new tool, Flight Fleets Analyzer.

2015
Jul 2015

Launch of Version 1

Launch of Version 1

The first version of Flight Fleets Analyzer was launched in July 2015. Version 1 contained just three search sections: Aircraft, Aircraft Events, and Companies. With the launch of Version 1, users of ACAS started to migrate over to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

Dec 2015

200 more columns!

200 more columns!

During December 2015 we added a further 200 columns of data to the Aircraft section, all related to the internal fit of the aircraft (seats, IFE, etc). As well as this internal dataset, we also added Aircraft Values, Print Profiles, Company Category and Status, and improved the formatting of exports.

2016
Feb 2016

The Projection module, and a whole new section

In early 2016 we brought back the Projection module, which was previously available in ACAS 2.5. We also added a new section, Maintenance, and a new optional dataset, Aircraft Availability.

Mar 2016

More data fields, and a new feature

During March 2016 we added a couple of new fields: Operator Delivery Date, and IATA/ICAO codes. We also updated the Trend/Projection tabs to allow users to group by serial number: ie, grouping by one. This feature is useful when looking at the monthly hours and cycles for single aircraft.

Apr 2016

Old and new registrations, and 50% faster profiles

During April 2016 we responded to customer feedback and made aircraft profile pages load 50% faster. We also updated the Quick Profile Search to include old and future registration numbers for users trying to find specific aircraft. We also added the “Companies in this role” feature that’s available from company-related column headers.

May 2016

Charts!

Charts!

In order to better visualise changes over long time periods, we added the ability to chart the metrics shown on the Trend and Projection pages. We also made further improvements to search speed.

Jul 2016

Accidents

During July 2016 we added another new search section, Accidents. This new dataset included over 30,000 individual accident records.

Sep 2016

Winglets and Block Number

Winglets and Block Number

During September 2016 we added Winglets as a new column, along with Boeing Block Number.

Nov 2016

Tying together orders

In late 2016 we introduced the concept of Order ID. This ID can be used to group together aircraft that are part of the same order. We also introduced another level into the aircraft hierarchy: Minor Variant.

Dec 2016

Start of Ascend Fleets user migration

The migration of ACAS users ended in December 2016, and we then started to move Ascend Fleets users over to Flight Fleets Analyzer. One the features that Fleets Analyzer lacked, and that had been part of Ascend Fleets, was totals on the Summary pages. This was added during December, along with the ability to group by order date, as well as Total Period Utilisation on the Trend/Projection pages.

2017
Feb 2017

Traffic & Finance

Traffic & Finance

To further facilitate the migration of Ascend Fleets users to Fight Fleets Analyzer, we added the new Traffic & Finance datasets to the existing Companies section.

Apr 2017

Faster Exports

Faster Exports

After listening to user feedback, we completely overhauled how our exports were generated. This work resulted in some exports being 10 times faster.

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May 2017

The Knowledge Base

During May 2017 we added Aircraft Base Location as a new column. And we launched the Knowledge Base – ie, this website. The Knowledge Base was intended to help existing Flight Fleets Analyzer users make better use of it.

Jul 2017

Ascend Aircraft Class

During July 2017 we added Ascend Aircraft Class, an additional Market Grouping that complements the Flight Fleets Analyzer’s existing Market Grouping.

Aug 2017

Aircraft Family

In August 2017 we added another level into the aircraft hierarchy: Aircraft Family. We also updated the Operator Groups dataset.

Sep 2017

Order accounting

The data, support, and product teams spent many months working on bringing better order accounting to Flight Fleets Analyzer. And during September we were very pleased to release an update that included a brand new set of order-accounting metrics.

Oct 2017

Finding your Saved Search

Finding your Saved Search

During October 2017 we addressed what was a particular pain-point for many users. With so many Saved Searches available (personal and shared by others), it was becoming increasingly difficult to locate a specific one. During this release, we introduced a new Saved Search search box on the homepage, as well as in-column filtering on the Saved Searches pages.

Oct 2017

Fleet Number and notifications

Having added Block Number almost a year earlier, we added Fleet Number during October 2017, giving users yet another method to identify specific aircraft. We also added in-product notifications to let users know when new Knowledge Base articles were available.

Nov 2017

Homepage updates and ‘Participants’

During November 2017 we added the ‘missing’ widgets to the homepage: ie, Maintenance, Accidents, and Deals. We also added a new column to the aircraft section: Participants, a field that was previously available in Ascend Fleets.

Dec 2017

Modifiers (ASO Variants)

Modifiers (ASO Variants)

For the last release of 2017, we added the much-requested ASO Variants column into Flight Fleets Analyzer. However, in Flight Fleets Analyzer it’s known as ‘Modifiers’.

2018
Mar 2018

Participants filter

We added the 10th company role filter i.e. Participants. Participant of any financial transactions such as loans, mortgages, tax lease, etc. The role of each participant could include (but is not limited to) arranger, debt provider, equity provider, guarantor, etc.

Jul 2018

Suggest a data edit

Suggest a data edit

During July 2018 we added the “Suggest a data edit” link to all our company and aircraft profile pages.  We’re now using feedback from our users to make our profiles even better for everyone.

Sep 2018

Updated Glossary and Original Operator improvement

Updated Glossary and Original Operator improvement

September saw the addition of more than 400 new terms to the Glossary (all related to aircraft events). We also improved the logic used to determine the Original Operator of an aircraft.

Oct 2018

New homepage and faster filtering

New homepage and faster filtering

October saw the release of our new homepage, including a new “Getting started” area designed to help new users, and a new way to access your most recently used Saved Searches. We also completely overhauled the technology behind the Quick Profile Search and Quick Filter Search, which resulted in a faster and more reliable way to find profiles and filters.

2019
Jun 2019

Team Share

Team Share

During June 2019 we enhanced the existing sharing options with a brand new option. In addition to sharing Saved Searches with your whole organisation, we added the ability to share with ‘specific people and/or groups’.

Oct 2019

Improved data density

During October we released a number of enhancments that resulted in up to 53% more data being visible in the results tables at any one time, reducing the amount of scrolling needed when viewing search results.

Dec 2019

Country of Registration

During December 2019 we added Country of Registration, this is available for almost 100% of the in-service fleet, and can be used as a filter, grouping, for trending etc.

2020
Jan 2020

Better aircraft profile search

We updated aircraft profile search so you can add manufacturer or type to your MSN\Registration query to get to the result you want much faster.

Jan 2020

PDF\Print aircraft profiles

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We released a brand new capability related to aircraft profiles, ‘PDF aircraft profiles’, optimised for download and print. Available from the existing web profiles and directly from the search result pages.

Jan 2020

Accident data on aircraft profiles

We added aircraft accident information to the existing web and PDF aircraft profiles. Rather than being a single line event within the existing aircraft history table, accident data resides within its own dedicated table, located directly below the history table on the ‘A/C History’ tab.

Mar 2020

Aircraft Build Location added to 173,000 aircraft

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During March we added Build Location to Fleets Analyzer. Build location represents the final assembly location and is assigned to individual aircraft. In total, we have added build location to over 173,000 aircraft across all market groups. For the commercial fleet, we have build location for 88% of delivered aircraft.