Posted on: 14 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Transavia France has become the latest airline to adopt SITA OnAir’s electronic flight bag (EFB) technology.
The EFBs will help Transavia France to streamline maintenance reporting and reduce costs. They also require less logistical and infrastructure cost than traditional paper-based processes. SITA OnAir claims that, on average, its EFBs generate annual savings of around $120,000 per aircraft.
Implementation work has already begun and the EFBs will be deployed on Transavia France’s 21 Boeing 737s over the coming months. Transavia Netherlands has been using SITA EFBs on its 31 737s since 2013 and Transavia France will share the same infrastructure. Both will benefit from the EFB application being based in the SITA ATI Cloud, 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”, remarked 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.”
“We are cost conscious so we need a solution that delivers a real return on our investment,” explained Cyril Canu, operations control centre manager of 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.
The EFBs will be fitted to the aircraft rather than being pilot assigned. They are Class 2 navAero hardware with Lufthansa Systems’ LIDO charts and the full suite of SITA OnAir EFB applications. They 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.
The next development for the SITA OnAir EFB will be inflight updates, using the aircraft’s satellite connectivity. Cabin WiFi cannot be used in the cockpit. However, SITA OnAir has started provisioning cockpits with wired access to the satellite server. This provides a dedicated and secure channel for the pilots.