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Austrian Airlines has become the first airline to go live with new mobile flight planning technology developed in partnership with Sabre Corporation.
The eFlight Manager system provides real-time alerts, weather and flightplan updates if air-to-ground communication is available in the cockpit.
Austrian Airlines, a customer of Sabre’s AirCentre Flight Plan Manager, worked with Sabre to develop the solution’s new mobile extension.
Sabre said the technology will help to further improve the safety of flights, by providing pilots with the necessary information to track and avoid bad weather. Airlines will also be able to adjust fuel calculations based on this data.
Since the launch of the beta phase at the start of November, a small test group at Austrian Airlines has been using the solution on tablet devices.
Dino Gelmetti, vice president EMEA, airline solutions at Sabre, said: “Austrian Airlines is dedicated to using the latest technology across its operations.
“Our new solution leverages the latest in mobile technology and was created in response to the growing need for more connected airline operations that ‘talk’ to each other for improved efficiency.
“As the first airline to pioneer our mobile flight planning technology, Austrian Airlines will be able to drive greater efficiency and cost savings as well as provide a more seamless and efficient service to its passengers.”
Following a successful trial, the airline will roll-out the new technology to its entire flight staff of 950 in the coming months.
Captain Dr Philipp Haller, A320-Pilot and EFB-Administrator at Austrian Airlines, said: “Sabre’s innovative and industry-leading technology is most in line with our goals of being an airline that is at the forefront of mobile technology in-flight.
“Austrian Airlines has been using Electronic Flight Bags for more than 10 years and eFlight Manager enables us to establish a complete paper-free briefing process including continuous inflight optimisation. We are proud to be the launch partner of Sabre’s eFlight Manager technology as it supports our vision to be one of the world’s most forward-thinking airlines.”