Jeppesen and Airbus Finalize EFB AgreementAgreement making it possible to maintain software and data continuity across mixed fleets of new and existing aircraft
(ENGLEWOOD, COLO., December 14, 2005) -– Jeppesen and Airbus have finalized a cooperation agreement that will bring Jeppesen’s applications and data to the flight decks of Airbus aircraft. Jeppesen’s industry-leading EFB applications and data will be offered on the A320, A330, A340 and A380 families of Airbus aircraft.
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Jeppesen and Airbus have been working closely together for more than a year under a Memorandum of Understanding to make Jeppesen’s terminal charts and enroute moving map applications available for EFBs aboard Airbus’ family of aircraft. This cooperation agreement is significant because Airbus operators will now be able to select Jeppesen applications for the new Airbus EFB. The agreement is also significant for mixed-fleet operators because they can choose Jeppesen applications for certain new Airbus and Boeing aircraft fitted with Class 3 EFBs, while third-party integrators offer Jeppesen EFB applications in conjunction with Class 1 and 2 EFB hardware platforms in the retrofit market.
The first entry into service of an Airbus EFB with Jeppesen applications is scheduled for Spring 2006, with the delivery of a FlySmart with Airbus-equipped A330.
“Jeppesen is committed to meeting the needs of the entire aviation industry because we serve customers from every segment of the market. From commercial manufacturers of giant transport aircraft, to light general aviation aircraft, and everything in between, Jeppesen is the global standard in aeronautical data,” said Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and COO. “Our new agreement with Airbus will help our mutual customers control costs and improve safety by enabling them to use a common set of applications across all aircraft types in their fleet. We are very pleased that Jeppesen will be offered as an integral component of current and future Airbus flight decks.”
Jeppesen’s EFB applications feature user interface designs validated by human factors professionals and flight testing. For example, Jeppesen’s terminal chart applications for EFBs incorporates a unique “Chart Clip” functionality that makes organization and accessing charts quick and easy, which is especially important in the event of a runway or airport change. This application gives pilots easy and efficient access to a worldwide terminal chart library, including airline tailored content. Chart updates become a simple matter of uploading electronic data, rather than hours filing sheets by hand.
Jeppesen is also developing an enroute moving map application that gives pilots positional and referential awareness during the enroute phase of flight, while incorporating all of the data required to replace paper enroute charts. Aircraft crews will also benefit from the display of terrain data for basic terrain awareness.
Jeppesen is the only company making it possible for operators to maintain software and data continuity across diverse fleets of new and existing aircraft, providing tremendous advantages in safety, reduced crew training costs, streamlined infrastructure and a single point for technical support.
Jeppesen is recognized as the world's foremost provider of information solutions in the aviation and soon-to-be maritime markets. Jeppesen's portfolio includes: worldwide flight information, flight operations services, international trip planning services, aviation weather services and aviation training systems. Jeppesen's marine division will soon produce a full line of navigation solutions and global maritime data services. Jeppesen has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, China, France and Russia. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Jeppesen product and corporate information is available online at www.jeppesen.com.
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