The present invention resides in a system, method and an article of manufacture for transmitting maintenance and diagnostic data from an aircraft. The system has an aircraft, a cellular infrastructures and a data reception unit. The aircraft has an avionics system and a communications unit. The avionics system has a plurality of line replaceable units, and the communications unit is connected to each line replaceable, unit. The cellular infrastructure is in communication with said communications unit after the aircraft has landed. The communication is initiated automatically upon the landing of the aircraft. The data reception unit is connected to the cellular infrastructure.