Austrian Airlines pilots get mobile flight planning tool


AUSTRIAN Airlines has enabled the use of real-time mobile flight planning technology in its cockpits, a world’s first.

The tool, named eFlight Manager, is developed in partnership with Sabre Corporation and allows for weather and flightplan updates throughout a flight whenever air-to-ground communication is available in the cockpit.

According to a statement by Sabre: “This 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.”

Beta testing of the technology took place in November last year with Austrian Airlines pilots using the solution inflight on tablet devices. The national carrier will be rolling out the new tool to its entire flight staff of 950 in the coming months.

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