SITA is helping airlines limit carbon dioxide emissions by reducing fuel consumption through a partnership with Safety Line.
France-based Safety Line is a startup that provides technology to airlines and airports and can help carriers save fuel and reduce emissions during the three key phases of a flight: climb, cruise and descent.
The startup’s technology has been integrated into SITA’s eWAS Pilot mobile app, which provides weather forecasts and other real-time information around events such as thunderstorms, turbulence and volcanic ash.
By using Safety Line’s OptiCruise technology, pilots can view the fuel and time impact of speed changes, see potential shortcuts based on historical flight data and get optimized flight level and cruise level changes.
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The company’s OptiClimb technology is also part of the partnership with the software, working in conjunction with SITA technology, to recommend speed changes at different altitudes of an aircraft’s climb.
OptiClimb uses machine learning performance models to predict fuel burn across thousands of flight scenarios.
Safety Line says its data shows climb fuel savings of up to 6% are possible for each flight which would mean reducing CO2 emissions by several thousand tons as well as bringing operational costs down.
Sébastien Fabre, CEO at SITA For Aircraft, says: “The partnership with Safety Line is another important step for us that will enable airlines to embrace the digital shift that is needed to reinvent the operation of aircraft. It is about adopting more sustainable and cost-effective practices.”
In a separate announcement, Airbus launched three zero emission concept aircraft this week. The aircraft use hydrogen as their main source of power and the company says the first zero emission commercial could enter service by 2035.
Safety Line also counts Air Asia as a customer after a deal earlier this year.