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Cebu Pacific Air soars with Thales Electronic Flight Bag solution

Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB), currently operates a fleet of 60 aircraft comprised of A320, A330, ATR 72-500 and ATR 72-600. Between 2018 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of 7 A321ceo, 32 A321neo, and 8 ATR 72-600. With this anticipated expansion, Cebu Pacific has decided to invest in pilot operations, to ensure that flight crew day to day operations, and their mission management are at the cutting edge. As a result they have selected the Aviobook Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution to digitise all their current flight dispatch documentation.

Key Points

  • Cebu Pacific Air will equip their flight crews with Thales Aviobook
  • Full implementation of EFB solutions enables increased situational awareness and optimised flight collaboration with airline operation centres
  • This contract has further broadened Thales’s expertise in avionics and airborne connectivity. 
The Thales EFB will provide Cebu Pacific Air pilots a fully digitised solution that will increase their situational awareness and enable CEB to go paperless, reducing its cumulative aircraft fuel burn, and consequently its carbon emissions. 

Following the acquisition of Aviovision by Thales in 2016, the two entities bring combined capabilities to EFB solutions for airlines with a broader range of operational applications, leveraging Thales’ expertise in avionics, airborne connectivity, data analytics, cybersecurity and ground support platforms.

“Our investment in the EFB aligns with our goal of operational excellence through the introduction of systems that enhance safety and efficiency in flight operations. With the EFB, aircraft performance software and aeronautical charts are readily available, flight plans are constantly updated, and aircraft documentation and procedures are easily accessed. This is important when time-critical decisions need to be made and executed in the flight deck.” Capt. Sam Avila, Vice President-Flight Operations, Cebu Pacific Air

 “An integrated application, both on the flight deck as well as in the operations centre, is the key driver to efficiency and ultimately, to sustainable and profitable growth.”
Eric Huber, Thales Vice President for Avionics Services Worldwide

Pilots use Aviobook to prepare and optimise their flight in collaboration with the Airline Operation Centre. Cebu Pacific rolled-out 5th generation iPad tablets that contain the pilots’ EFB, an information management suite that helps flight crews perform the necessary tasks to fly and navigate an aircraft. In addition, the EFB solution will help Cebu Pacific Air reduce its environmental footprint and manage its operational costs.

The widened scope of the extended partnership into Asia has further broadened Thales’ expertise in avionics and airborne connectivity.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

About AVIO

AvioVision is a Belgian technology company, incorporated in 2016, with 65 employees providing a state-of-the-art Electronic Flight Bag software platform AVIOBOOK to 45 airlines worldwide. AvioVision focuses on providing smart mobile and integrated software solutions to enhance aircraft operations processes.