British Airways navigates with IT from Lufthansa Systems

British Airways navigates with IT from Lufthansa Systems
Mar 24, 2015

Paperless cockpit – British Airways relies on electronic navigation solutions from the Airline and IT specialist and is the launch customer for new Lido/mPilot app

Lufthansa Systems today announced that British Airways, the largest airline in the UK, has opted for its electronic navigation charts. The airline will use the new Lido/mPilot iPad app or the electronic Lido/eRouteManual depending on the aircraft type. The two companies have signed a long-term agreement to this effect.

The electronic Lido/eRouteManual and the Lido/mPilot app will provide British Airways with navigation charts for take-off, enroute and landing procedures. The charts also include airport taxiway charts, approach and take-off charts, and a seamless worldwide enroute map. All of the important route information, including altitude, communication and airport data, is generated directly from the Lido navigation database.

These electronic solutions enable British Airways to have a more efficient charting distribution process and allow the pilots to use the charts in a more interactive and effective fashion. “Our pilots are extremely impressed by the clarity of the electronic charts and the smart and intuitive features of the App. This is an exciting and significant step on our journey towards a near-paperless flight deck” said Captain Simon Scholey, Chief Pilot Technical at British Airways. “The teams from British Airways and Lufthansa Systems have worked closely together over the last year to develop the Apps. We look forward to further collaboration in the future to develop additional innovative features”.

The Lido/mPilot app is an all-in-one navigation solution. The main functions that were previously available in the individual Lido/iRouteManual, Lido/Enroute and Lido/DocView apps have now been combined and enhanced in one modular app. In addition to terminal charts, a seamless dynamically generated enroute map and an extensive document management and distribution system which pilots can use to access documents and messages at home or on the go, Lido/mPilot also offers a variety of new functions that improve flight deck workflow efficiency.

The charts’ identical arrangement on different media – the electronic Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual and the iPad app – combined with the intuitive user interface offers maximum flexibility when introducing the electronic versions in the cockpit. The navigation charts' clear colour-coding and self-explanatory symbols support visual thinking. Pilots can also select the level of detail displayed by the charts on the screen.

In the initial introductory phase, Boeing 767 aircraft have been using the paper-based Lido/RouteManual navigation charts since May 2014. Since the end of last year, the majority of the British Airways fleet navigates with the new Lido/mPilot iPad app. Only the new Boeing 787 and A380 aircraft use the Windows-based electronic Lido/eRouteManual. These aircraft are also using Lido/AMDB airport mapping database from Lufthansa Systems for ground navigation.

British Airways now flies with less-paper flight decks. For an airline with a fleet of more than 260 aircraft, this is more environmentally friendly and also offers economic advantages: With the electronic charts, British Airways can significantly lower its printing and logistics costs and enjoy lower fuel costs as well thanks to the weight savings.

“We are proud to be able to support British Airways, a leading global airline, with our electronic navigation solutions. Both the iPad app and the electronic charts on Windows-based systems give the airline’s pilots access to all important information on all required routes and airports in a clear and easily legible layout,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems.

British Airways, based in London, is the largest airline in the UK and one of leading airlines in the world. With its fleet of more than 260 aircraft, British Airways carries around 40 million passengers worldwide each year and links all six continents with its route network. The airline is a member of the oneworld alliance and part of the International Airlines Group (IAG).

About Lufthansa Systems
Lufthansa Systems provides consulting and IT services for selected industries and has a leading position in the global aviation industry. The wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group offers its customers the entire range of IT services, including consulting, development and implementation of industry solutions as well as operations. With its head office in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt, the company operates a global data center network. Lufthansa Systems has offices in Germany and 16 other countries and employs about 2,700 people. In business year 2013, Lufthansa Systems recorded revenues of EUR 640 million.

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