At the end of 2023, easyJet, one of the world’s largest operators of A320 aircraft, announced that it will implement the Collins Aerospace GlobalConnect connected aircraft solution across its fleet of more than 330 Airbus A320 aircraft. This makes easyJet the largest A320 operator in the world to utilize GlobalConnect to deliver aircraft data to stakeholders on the ground – including maintenance crews, air traffic managers, and airline personnel.
The Collins GlobalConnect solution maximizes the capabilities of the already installed Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger system (FOMAX).
“…every measure we can take – large or small – to reduce the [Environmental] impact of our operations is a step worth taking.” – Jane Ashton
The GlobalConnect service started being implemented across easyJet’s fleet during Q4 of 2023 and will continue during the first half of 2024. Once activated, the GlobalConnect solution will provide the data necessary for easyJet to make more data-driven and proactive decisions about its operations and aircraft. Leveraging this data, easyJet can increase the safety of its aircraft for flight crews and passengers, improve and streamline pilot training, and identify actionable insights that can increase operational efficiency, eliminate waste, and decrease costs.
“[GlobalConnect] is so beneficial to our operations [because] it builds on the already installed FOMAX system that’s fitted across our fleet to give even greater insights into our fleet operations,” said David Buckley, Aircraft Performance and Flight Efficiencies Manager at easyJet. “[GlobalConnect will help] us to make proactive decisions that, in turn, will enhance safety and increase the efficiency of our airline.”
Once implemented, not only will the solution enable the airline to analyze data to identify efficiencies, but it will also streamline and automate the process of acquiring that data.
“A wider range of connectivity options will provide a more robust experience for our pilots, including in-flight access to the most relevant data from the ground to inform their decision-making…” – David Buckley
“In the past, we’ve had to manually download data sets while the aircraft is on the ground,” explained Buckley. “So, from a practical standpoint, GlobalConnect streamlines operations by automating the acquisition of safety and performance data from the aircraft.”
GlobalConnect not only delivers data to key airline and airport stakeholders on the ground, but also provides more connectivity options for flight crews, giving them access to more actionable intelligence and information.
“A wider range of connectivity options will provide a more robust experience for our pilots, including in-flight access to the most relevant data from the ground to inform their decision-making,” Buckley explained. “These sorts of efficiencies will help our crew enormously in terms of time-savings and workload reduction, but it will also help cut costs down for [easyJet] as a result.”
“[GlobalConnect will help] us to make proactive decisions that, in turn, will enhance safety and increase the efficiency of our airline.” – David Buckley
The increased connectivity to the aircraft and the increase in operational efficiency that results are also expected to help easyJet make progress towards its aggressive carbon neutrality goals. The company joined the global UN-backed “Race to Zero” campaign in 2021 and published a “Net Zero” roadmap in 2022. While the increased operational efficiency that will result from the adoption of the GlobalConnect system will have just a small impact on easyJet’s carbon emissions, it’s just one of many technologies the company is leveraging to reduce its footprint.
“…decarbonizing a hard-to-abate sector, like aviation, is clearly going to be an ongoing challenge, and progress will be gradual,” said Jane Ashton, the Sustainability Director at easyJet. “…but every measure we can take – large or small – to reduce the impact of our operations is a step worth taking.”
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