Author: Jānis Vanags
Latvian airline, airBaltic, has introduced Apple iPads into the pilot’s cockpit as a modernization investment, which will provide operational efficiency and will lead to savings on paper and fuel consumption.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: "AirBaltic has introduced iPads to pilots, to replace their heavy flight bags, containing paper flight details, manuals, navigation and reference material. This will save about 2 million pages of paper every year, when the project is rolled out completely."
Pilots carry between 10-15 kg of flight details, manuals and reference material in their flight bags. Replacing these with an iPad (so-called electronic flight bag) reduces the burden to just 0.7 kg and the weight reduction saves on fuel. It also means that less space is taken up by paper in the cramped cockpit environment, updating and modifying the reference material is more efficient, and smoother procedures help airBaltic to further improve its industry-leading punctuality record.
Pauls Cālītis, Senior Vice President Flight Operations: "The electronic flight bag is yet another green initiative that we at airBaltic are undertaking to continue with innovations in our operations and service. We are proud that airBaltic continues to be a leader by being the first airline in the region to modernize their pilots’ work processes with the electronic flight bag".
As announced earlier, airBaltic last year launched its AMBER project that helped airBaltic to become the first European airline operating green turboprop flights.
airBaltic in brief:
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 99.8% of the stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 25 aircraft - five Boeing 737-500s, eight Boeing 737-300s and twelve Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from its hub in Riga, Latvia. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 - a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising the achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations.
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