MRO-ME: Etihad gets the Wind up with Boeing technology
Etihad Airways should see an increase in efficiency and a reduction in fuel consumption across its global operations following an agreement to adopt the Boeing Wind Updates solution into its operations.
The introduction of the system - announced at the MRO Middle East show in Dubai this morning – is believed to be the first for a Middle Eastern carrier.
“By integrating the Wind Updates offering from Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, Etihad Airways can leverage real-time information to improve in-flight airplane performance based on atmospheric conditions.” said David Longridge, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.
Richard Hill, chief operations officer at Etihad Airways said that improved decision making by flight crews and reduced fuel consumption are two of the hallmark features of the programme.
“Being aware of real-time wind data and their related conditions will enhance situational awareness in the flight deck, enabling us to fly the most efficient routes possible,” he said
More current and accurate weather data is expected to reduce fuel consumption for Etihad by an average of 200-400 lbs (90-180 kgs) of fuel per flight.
Overall, Boeing Wind Updates should improve in-flight performance for Etihad aircraft by providing customised, real-time wind and temperature information during every flight anywhere in the world, the manufacturer said.
“Helping customers drive increased operational efficiency through our integrated portfolio of flight optimisation solutions allows airlines to improve bottom line results,” Longridge said.
The system can work on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft.