Ryanair rolls out paperless cockpits in partnership with Vodafone
Ryanair's latest technological leap is a partnership with Vodafone Ireland that will create paperless cockpits on its planes.
The partnership, announced today, will see Vodafone support Ryanair’s communications and IT needs across Europe, including its ticketing, check-in, ground crew, inflight crew and pilot systems.
The partnership will provide the airline with the technical support to implement its 'Always Getting Better' programme "quickly and seamlessly", said John Hurley, Ryanair's Chief Technology Officer.
It will include the introduction of "a swifter inflight sales system” and paperless cockpits - thanks to the roll-out of Electronic Flight Bags (i.e. iPads in the flight deck) - he added.
The announcement is the latest in a series of radical steps designed to boost Ryanair's customer services and drive the airline forward as its 30th anniversary approaches.
In the past 18 months, changes have included a new Business Plus service, the introduction of allocated seating and second carry-on bags, and a reboot of its mobile app.
Ryanair has also signed major global distribution deals with TravelPort and Amadeus - computer reservation specialists to whom around 90pc of European travel agents are affiliated.
This latest deal will also see Vodafone provide local and wide area network access, telephony, fixed line and mobile 3G and 4G functionality across Ryanair’s 189 locations in Europe and North Africa.
“This partnership is one of the most significant for Vodafone in Ireland," said Anne Sheehan, Vodafone Ireland Enterprise Director, describing it as a "total communications solution".
The partnership would "drive [Ryanair's] evolution” she added.