Airbus is leading the way in its industry as the first manufacturer to expand permanent tagging of certain parts across its fleet. Beginning in the new year, all seats and life vests on new A320s, A330s and A380s will be tagged with permanent RFID tags, said Carlo Nizam, Airbus' head of value-chain visibility and auto-ID. "RFID [is] a benefit for all involved in managing components during their life cycle: vendor, integrator, airline and MRO [maintenance, repair and operations] service provider," Nizam said.

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