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Eurowings to equip CRJ crews with Pacelab CI OPS
Lufthansa Regional affiliate introduces EFB cost index software to reduce fuel cost and carbon emissions and to improve flight punctuality
With Pacelab CI OPS on board, flight crews will be able to respond directly to deviations from the original flight plan caused by delays, ATC directs or adverse weather conditions. Taking into account Eurowings’ specific cost index and the scheduled arrival time, the software automatically determines the most economical altitudes and speeds for the remainder of the route and allows pilots to evaluate alternative scenarios. By enabling a situational optimization of the vertical flight profile, Pacelab CI OPS fills a functional gap in the onboard flight management system of regional aircraft, which has so far prevented an application of cost index operations.
Pacelab CI OPS will be deployed along with Lufthansa Systems’ EFB solution Lido/FlightBag and their flight planning system Lido/Flight, which will use Pacelab CI OPS-generated performance data to create CI-optimized flight plans. The data comprises variable speed tables for the climb, cruise and descent phases, which are typically not supplied by the regional aircraft manufacturer.
The introduction of a tightly integrated set of software tools is part of a larger strategy to optimize the airline’s operational efficiency and another important step toward the paperless cockpit. "Our investment in state-of-the-art hardware and software will help us sustain our long-term business objectives of maximizing cost efficiency and delivering enhanced services to our passengers", said Denis Gros, Head of Operational Services/Flight Operations at Eurowings.
After Lufthansa CityLine, Eurowings is the second Lufthansa airline to introduce Pacelab CI OPS. The software has been standard issue on board Lufthansa CityLine’s Bombardier and Embraer regional jets since 2009 and has quickly produced tangible savings for the airline.
For more than 30 years Eurowings has offered short and medium-haul flights throughout Europe. Besides operating scheduled flights for Lufthansa Regional, the company offers charter flights. The Eurowings fleet currently consists of 31 modern CRJ200 and CRJ900 regional aircraft. More information on Eurowings is available on the Internet at www.eurowings.de/en.
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