By offering pilots essential flight information in a digital format, Thales’s Electronic Flight Bags increase the efficiency of airlines operations, optimise costs and reduce pilots workload.
Thales and Brussels Airlines have signed an agreement for the integration of a brand new Electronic Flight Bag solution – called TopWings™ – aboard Brussels Airlines’ fleet, starting with the Airbus 319 Single Aisle aircraft. This innovative solution, located in the cockpit, integrates hardware and software, and enables the exchange of information in real time between the aircraft and an airline’s ground operations. With Thales’ TopWings™ solution, Brussels Airlines aims to significantly reduce the operational costs, the amount of paper printed every day and will move towards fully paperless operations.
“At Brussels Airlines, we have been studying the implementation of a global and integrated Electronic Flight Bag solution for a while now and Thales has provided the reliable solution that we were looking for” said Thibault Demoulin, Brussels Airlines’ Director of Flight Operations. “Within Brussels Airlines, the Electronic Flight Bag project with Thales is also one of the key elements of our b.green program, a company-wide initiative to reduce our ecological footprint.”
“We are proud to have Brussels Airlines as a launch customer for our TopWings™ offering. We are confident that with TopWings™ solution, Brussels Airlines will measure the benefits they are looking for in the very short term, ” says Daniel Malka, General Manager of Avionics Services Worldwide at Thales.
The integrated solution designed by Thales specifically for Brussels Airlines is based on NavAero hardware, Flightman and Jeppesen software applications across the fleet of 46 aircraft.
TopWings™ transforms the aircraft into a communication node of the airline’s information system to provide the right information to the right person at the right time in order to optimize operating costs. It includes various applications designed to increase airlines’ operational efficiency, while reducing pilots workload as well as optimising costs. It is also a greener solution, economising up to the equivalent of one tree’s worth of paper every flight.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2010, the company generated revenues of €13.1 billion with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.
Flightman is an EFB software provider that automates and streamlines operations within the aviation industry. The Flightman™ family of products comprises innovative software technology which synchronizes an extensive data model between the aircraft and various airline ground systems, and provides forms and workflows tailored to various users to enable dramatic process improvement in the cockpit, cabin and on the ramp, thus reducing costs and enhancing efficiency in aircraft operations and maintenance.