Aer Lingus one of four finalists for global innovation award
Aer Lingus is one of four finalists in the running to win a global innovation award.
The Irish airline has been shortlisted for the Citrix Innovation Award, along with two companies from the US and one from Australia.
Paperless cockpits is one of the features which has made Aer Lingus a strong contender for the award. Instead of heavy and bulky flight manuals, pilots now carry iPads into cockpits.
Captain Eamon Kierans, Manager of Flight Operations Compliance said technology has helped to reduce fuel costs, improve flight safety and on-time performance.
“The amount of paperwork that is required to operate an airplane is extensive. Many people have seen pilots walking through terminal buildings with large bags on wheels which are dragging manuals around with them.
“The cost of carrying a kilo of anything on an airplane over a year and over the thousands of millions of miles that the plane will fly, it’s absolutely enormous."
"So there’s a huge advantage to every airline to take that paper out and to make those savings.”
“We have on the cockpit a computer with all of the manuals and documentation and we’ve also got it on the iPad. These days pilots are walking onto the airplane with their license in their breast pocket and an iPad," Mr Kierans said.
“Each individual pilot has the most up-to-date information, that’s the essential piece that means that all of this is secure. It means that the pilot has access to flight information much earlier than he would normally have. It means that they’re on board the plane earlier. Because they’re on board earlier we can start to board the passengers earlier.”