Posted on: 05 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral, its sister airline, have begun deploying SITAONAIR’s Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and Crew Tablets (CrewTab), along with additional software and back office integration, across their fleet.
The rollout began in February 2016 and is due for completion by Q3. As part of the transformation solution, SITAONAIR is also providing the two airlines with virtual Quick Access Recorder (vQAR) data capture and offload services. Through this, flight data, which is automatically generated by the aircraft, is downloaded after landing to the airlines’ IT systems via 3G, 4G or the airport’s Wi-Fi.
“These efficiency improvements are about two things: improving our passengers’ experience and attracting and retaining the best staff,” stated Eduardo Ravera, head of norms and documentation of Aerolíneas Argentinas. “While essential, the paperwork was adding stress for the pilots and taking our flight attendants’ time away from the passengers – I don’t know of a single person on the plane who goes into this industry for the admin. SITAONAIR’s track record for delivering systems that work across the entire plane and can integrate into our legacy systems made them a natural partner in delivering these systems.”
“This is a great example of how moving to digital platforms to better manage the data produced across the whole plane in a [mixed] fleet environment can bring significant benefits for an airline, and not just on the operational sides, but also for staff efficiency and for passenger service,” continued David Lavorel, SITAONAIR’s CEO.
The airlines comprise a fleet of multiple aircraft types, including Aerolinas Argentinas’ Airbus A330-200s, A340-300s and Boeing 737-700s and B737-800s as well as Austral’s Embraer 190s.