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  • Joe Breitfeller

Boeing Lands Digital Solutions Contracts With Air France, Virgin Atlantic, Corendon and Albawings

Air France has today signed a five-year contract for Boeing’s Jeppesen Crew Rostering Solution at the Farnborough International Airshow. Additionally, Virgin Atlantic, Corendon Dutch Airlines and Albawings have adopted Boeing’s Digital Sustainability Solutions.


Johan Panier, Senior Vice President of Fleet Management for Air France (left) and Duane Wehking, Vice President, Digital Aviation Solutions, Boeing Global Services (right) signed an agreement at the Farnborough Air Show for Boeing’s Jeppesen Crew Rostering, a digital crew management tool that will optimize crew schedules for the nearly 13,000 cabin crew at the airline. – Courtesy Boeing

On Wednesday (July 20, 2022), from the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, Boeing announced the signing of a series of digital solutions contracts with several airlines. First, Air France signed a five-year contract for Boeing’s Jeppesen Crew Rostering solution to optimize crew schedules for nearly 13,000 cabin crew members. The digital solution leverages an industry-leading optimization engine to construct productive and balanced crew rosters by considering a series of complex factors such as legal requirements, training, crew availability, crew preferences, reserves and other critical factors.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Air France’s EVP – Inflight Services, Catherine Villar, said,


“Thanks to Jeppesen Crew Rostering optimization system, Air France will be able to provide its cabin crew with efficient and more personalized rosters, better suited to their lifestyle. This will further improve the cabin crew experience at Air France and enhance employee satisfaction.”


Boeing Global Services’ Vice Present of Digital Aviation Solutions, Duane Wehking, added,


“We know that our customers need best-in-class crew capabilities. I’m excited to extend our partnership with Air France in delivering optimized crew schedules for their most valuable resources.


Air France Selects Boeing's Jeppesen Crew management Solution - Courtesy Boeing

Air France has been a longtime customer for the complementary Jeppesen Crew Pairing solution since 1999. Crew Pairing increases operational crew efficiency while developing the most productive work duties. Combined, these crew planning solutions will enable Air France to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.


In a separate press release from Farnborough today (July 20, 2022), Boeing announced that Virgin Atlantic, Corendon Dutch Airlines and Albawings have selected the company’s Jeppesen FliteDeck Advisor (FDA) digital solution to optimize operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption across their Boeing fleets. Virgin Atlantic has trialed the digital solution on their Boeing 787 Dreamliners and found that FliteDeck Advisor delivered cruise fuel savings of 1.7 percent, saving approximately 1,900 kilograms of CO2 per flight across the three month trial.


In today’s announcment, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Customer and Chief Operating Officer, Corneel Koster, said,

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer for Virgin Atlantic (left) and Duane Wehking, Vice President, Digital Aviation Solutions for Boeing Global Services (right), signed an agreement at the Farnborough Air Show to implement Boeing’s Jeppesen FliteDeck Advisor (FDA) digital solution. FDA will optimize operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption across Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of Boeing aircraft. – Courtesy Boeing

“We have been driving fuel and carbon efficiencies in our program for over a decade, with new essential improvements being made every year. FliteDeck Advisor is a much welcome new opportunity for our Boeing pilots to monitor and improve fuel efficiency, with great results already demonstrated in our recent three-month trial. Arming our pilots with this technology powered by operating the youngest, cleanest fleet across the Atlantic, while progressively utilising Sustainable Aviation Fuel, forms part of our overall commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050.”


Also commenting on the adoption of Boeing’s Jeppesen FliteDeck Advisor (FDA), Corendon Dutch Airlines’ Director of Flight Operations, Captain Peter Nanninga, said,


“Boeing FliteDeck Advisor is a great tool for Corendon Dutch Airlines to achieve our sustainability commitment. In a joint effort between our pilots and the back office we now have a great insight on fuel consumption and enabling fuel savings and reducing carbon emissions.”


Virgin Atlantic, Cornedon Dutch Airlines and Albawings Adopt Boeing's Jeppesen FliteDeck Advisor (FDA) - Courtesy Boeing


FliteDeck Advisor analyzes airplane-specific performance metrics for all Boeing airplanes, including changes over time with aircraft age and maintenance actions, enabling flight crews to make real-time airspeed adjustments to optimize fuel use, while reducing carbon emissions. Virgin Atlantic, Corendon Dutch Airlines and Albawings join 14 other carriers currently using the FliteDeck Advisor solution to achieve sustainability targets. Last April, Etihad Airways announced that a FDA trial with their 787 Dreamliners resulted in a fuel cost savings of 1.4 percent, saving around 350 kilograms of fuel and 1,100 kilograms of CO2 per flight.


Additionally, Corendon Dutch Airlines will utilize Boeing’s Fuel Dashboard application, which offers users a comprehensive fleet view of fuel consumption through all phases of flight, typically saving users between 1-4 percent in fuel costs. Albawings will also expand their use of the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox, which allows operators to increase efficiency in their maintenance operations. The digital solution allows users to manage, distribute, process and view intelligent maintenance documentation in a uniform digital format via a single interface, regardless of aircraft manufacturer or engine type.


Further commenting on the adoption of these digital tools, Boeing Global Services’ Vice President of Digital Aviation Services, Duane Wehking, said,


“We know that our customers are committed to achieving sustainability targets for their aircraft, and our suite of digital solutions are ready to deliver fuel reductions and track emissions. Together, our partnership will make a difference in meeting our industry’s shared commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”


Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.



Source: Boeing/PRNewswire