Tuesday, June 03, 2008

JAL adopts 'Electronic Flight Bag' technology for its Boeing 777 fleet

JAL logoJapan Airlines International (JAL) and Boeing have announced that the airline will equip its entire current and future fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft with the Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), following a validation trial conducted over the past year. JAL has been operating the EFB on two of its 40 Boeing 777s since June 2007.

JAL is scheduled to take delivery of three more 777-300ERs in 2008, all of which will be delivered with the EFB installed. The rest of JAL's 777 aircraft will be retrofitted with EFBs, beginning in April of 2009. All installations should be complete by the end of the 2011, according to Boeing.

"The Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag is a key aspect of our vision for future operations," said JAL Vice President, Flight Operations Engineering, Mitsuo Koga. "EFB allows us to create a link between our airplanes and ground teams and helps us to be safer and more efficient in our operations."

The EFB combines hardware, software, data and services to create an integrated package that saves money by optimizing takeoff and flight settings, while providing increased safety, efficiency and the ability for airplanes and flight crews to communicate with airline maintenance teams.