Infotech Lead America: Dell OEM Solutions has partnered with Airbus to support A320 Family airliner operators worldwide.
The partnership will help Airbus offer an end-to-end Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution supported by Dell Latitude solutions.
Dell laptops, which adhere to strict regulatory standards, will be pre-loaded with FlySmart with Airbus software and installed as Class-2 EFB equipment.
This initial announcement will cover EFB Class-2 solutions for Airbus’ single-aisle aircraft, though the agreement includes scope to extend application to other aircraft types.
The Class-2 EFB solution supported by Airbus and Dell OEM allows airline operators to connect Dell Latitude laptops to the aircraft cockpit via a certified connection. Moreover, the device can be used at any point during the flight to access performance applications, electronic documentation of the airline’s manuals, weather information, navigation and airport charts.
This EFB approach eliminates the need to carry paper based flight documentation while digitizing information in a way that supports local specifications.
Commenting on this partnership, Didier Lux, Airbus Executive vice president of Customer Services, said, “Pilots will soon benefit from the very latest portable IT technology for viewing and interacting with their key documentation and information during all stages of the flight. Furthermore, this powerful and robust EFB solution will add value and increase efficiency to their daily work.”
Joyce Mullen, vice president and general manager OEM Solutions at Dell, said the relationship with Airbus further cements the company’s commitment to the aviation industry and its agility in delivering and supporting the EFB solution to Airbus customers globally re-enforces the strength and efficiency of our global supply chain.
In addition to ensuring the overall physical robustness required for a cockpit operational environment, Dell’s Latitude EFB solution also complies with strict aviation regulations and offers dependable security and in-depth data and device-management options.