Posted on: 03 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Austrian Airlines has become the first carrier to introduce eFlight Manager, a mobile solution developed by Sabre Corporation which uses air-to-ground communications to enable real-time NOTAM, weather and flightplan updates.
Since the launch of the beta phase in November 2015, a test group at Austrian Airlines has been using eFlight Manager on tablets in-flight. Through integrated systems and real-time downloads of the latest flight data, the carrier has been able to achieve a common view between pilots and dispatchers, enabling greater efficiency in flight planning.
Austrian is a long-term customer of Sabre's AirCentre Flight Plan Manager and worked with the company to develop the mobile extension. The airline will roll out eFlight Manager to its entire 950 flight staff in the coming months and will start using the mobile recalculation capabilities to realise additional fuel savings and operational efficiencies.
"Austrian Airlines is dedicated to using the latest technology across its operations," commented Dino Gelmetti, VP airline solutions EMEA, Sabre. "Our new solution leverages the latest in mobile technology and was created in response to the growing need for more connected airline operations that 'talk' to each other for improved efficiency. As the first airline to pioneer our mobile flight planning technology, Austrian Airlines will be able to drive greater efficiency and cost savings as well as provide a more seamless and efficient service to its passengers."
"Sabre's innovative and industry-leading technology is most in line with our goals of being an airline that is at the forefront of mobile technology in-flight," added Captain Philipp Haller, A320 pilot and EFB administrator, Austrian Airlines. "Austrian Airlines has been using Electronic Flight Bags for more than 10 years and eFlight Manager enables us to establish a complete paper-free briefing process including continuous in-flight optimisation. We are proud to be the launch partner of Sabre's eFlight Manager technology as it supports our vision to be one of the world's most forward-thinking airlines."