Ryanair has signed a long-term deal with flight operations software provider Navtech to provide aeronautical charts and flight management system (FMS) data for use onboard its fleet of 300 Boeing 737-800s.
The low cost carrier converted to Navtech paper charts and FMS data in August and is currently transferring to “electronic flight bags” with Navtech’s state-of-the-art cockpit solution, iCharts EFB, which provides pilots with quick and easy access to the most up-to-date data as well as customisation options based on user and organizations size.
Ryanair’s Group Director of Operations, Michael Hickey said: “Ryanair is pleased to launch Navtech Charts and FMS data on board our flights this summer. In Navtech, we found a partner whose products will help us to deliver further efficiencies as we grow from our current 300 aircraft fleet to 520 aircraft over the next 10 years.
“The transition of paper charts and FMS data was seamless and we will now eliminate paper charts in the cockpit by deploying Navtech’s iCharts EFB software on board our entire fleet.” Hickey added.
President and CEO at Navtech, Mike Hulley said: “Navtech has been working with Ryanair to incorporate the iCharts EFB solution into their demanding operational model. This partnership has resulted in a product that now meets all of the operational needs of the world’s largest global network carriers, the largest low cost carriers – and everyone in between.”