Posted on: 11 November 2010 by Mark Howells
SkyWest Airlines has announced the launch of Jeppesen Airside Service for flight crews on board each of its 246 jet aircraft.
Using Jeppesen Airside Service for more than 1,300 daily CRJ departures will eliminate the need for pilots to carry up to 35 lb of operational manuals, standard operating procedures and navigational charts. With Airside, the most current information is preassembled by Jeppesen and placed onboard each aircraft.
"This is just one of the ways SkyWest Airlines continues to invest in our professional pilots," noted Chip Childs, SkyWest president and COO. "The new Airside Service will provide more efficiency, consistency and convenience for every SkyWest pilot – and underscores SkyWest’s role as an industry leader in safety, efficiency and progress."
SkyWest has received US FAA approval to implement the new programme, which is expected to bring immediate benefits to the SkyWest operation. The new service, says Jeppesen, is proven to increase operational standardisation and consistency, improve crew response time to irregular operations, increase environmental responsibility with fewer paper products, and even reduce injury. SkyWest continues to refine resources and processes for its pilot group, ensuring more time is focused solely on safely transporting passengers.
The programme will initially be used on SkyWest’s fleet of 246 Bombardier CRJs and will expand to include its nearly 50 Embraer 120 Brasilias in the coming months.