airberlin Selects navAero Electronic Flight Bag

navAero announced today the contract signing with airberlin group for the deployment of the t.BagC22 Electronic Flight Bag computer and display hardware system for the A319/320/321, A330, B737-NG and Dash 8 Q400 aircraft operated by airberlin, flyNiki, and Belair Airlines. Dual networked installations of the navAero t.BagC22 hardware systems - featuring built-in HSDPA/UMTS/GRPS/EDGE and WiFi connectivity - will be installed on the aircraft flightdecks. The installations will also incorporate the recently commercialized navAero Aircraft Interface Device (AID) for certified connectivity to aircraft systems to enable deployment of advanced software applications like airport surface area moving map with own-ship position shown. navAero will also be providing proprietary software, integration services and Supplemental Type Certification (EASA STC) for each aircraft type. The delivery of the EFB systems commenced earlier this year and installations in several aircraft have already been accomplished. airberlin plans on implementing retrofit installations on 10 aircrafts per month until all fleets have been deployed. After a lengthy installed evaluation and trial on one A320 and one B737-NG, airberlin made the choice for the navAero Class 2 EFB solution based upon the superior operational functionalities and system reliability. Acquisition and cost of ownership expenses were justified through return on investment savings that airberlin will realize through the deployment of t.BagC22 hardware technology and applicable software applications. Benjamin Gotze, Manager Flight Operations airberlin, stated: "For airberlin, the navAero Electronic Flight Bag is the best solution available on the market because it perfectly suits the airline's needs. With a fleet comprised of Airbus, Boeing as well as Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, the airberlin group required a system that could be used for the entire fleet. navAero provided airberlin with the required flexibility and won us over with their high quality customer service and an excellent price-performance ratio. We are sure that the navAero Class 2 EFB will contribute to further enhancing our innovative EFP program." Knut Aabo, navAero Vice President Sales and Marketing, stated: "We have worked closely with airberlin over the past many month to document the cost/benefit analysis and to show, through actual in-use experience, many of the operational enhancements that can be realized through an integrated EFB program deployment. We proved beyond a doubt that our robust and cost-effective solution does meet the most demanding operational, environmental as well as ROI standards. We are proud to have airberlin as our newest customer and are looking forward to working together with them in the implementation of their advanced EFB initiative."
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Source: navAero
Date: Nov 1, 2011