Posted on: 14 April 2015 by Mark Howells
Transavia France, the sister company of Transavia Airlines owned by the Air France-KLM Group, has become the latest airline to adopt SITA OnAir’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology in an attempt to streamline maintenance reporting and reduce costs.The EFBs will be fitted to the aircraft rather than pilot assigned. They consist of Class 2 navAero hardware with LIDO charts and the full suite of SITAOnAir EFB applications. SITAOnAir’s EFBs can be used during all phases of the flight and once the aircraft is on the ground, the EFBs are synchronised with the airline’s back office over 3G or using a USB key for larger files.Installation of the EFBs, which will be deployed on Transavia France’s 21 B737s, has already begun. Transavia Netherlands is used the same technology on 31 of its B737 aircraft since 2013. Both will benefit from the EFB application being based in the SITA ATI Cloud, with SITA OnAir claiming that using the same cloud architecture enables a fast, cost effective deployment.“With the ATI Cloud, we can provide large airline groups that own several airlines, with a highly scalable solution”, said Ian Dawkins, CEO of SITA OnAir. “The EFBs can be integrated into each airline’s individual IT infrastructure, using a common base in the Cloud. We are experts at integrating new technology solutions into existing airline IT structures, which is a key skill for developing the connected aircraft. The beauty of the SITA OnAir EFB solution is that we integrate it fully into the airline’s back office, so the data is uploaded seamlessly.”“As a low cost carrier we are cost conscious, so we need a solution that delivers a real return on our investment,” commented Cyril Canu, operations control centre manager for Transavia France. “EFBs will enable us to streamline engine maintenance costs by being more efficient about how we collect, collate and communicate operational information across the airline. In doing so we will reduce our logistics and infrastructure costs because EFBs enable digital processes that share operational data in real-time versus paper which took days.”SITAOnAir has said the next development for its EFBs will be in-flight updates using the aircraft’s satellite connectivity. Cabin Wi-Fi cannot be used in the cockpit, but SITAOnAir has started provisioning cockpits with wired access to the satellite server to provide a dedicated and secure channel for pilots.