Low-cost carrier, Transavia France has adopted SITA OnAir’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology.
By using EFBs, Transavia France will streamline maintenance reporting, so reducing cost. They also require less logistical and infrastructure cost than traditional paper-based processes.
On average, SITA OnAir estimates its EFBs generate annual savings of around $120,000 per aircraft.
Implementation work has already started 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 Boeing 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”, 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 EFBs, which will be fitted to the aircraft rather than pilot assigned, are Class 2 navAero hardware with 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 Wi-Fi 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.