ENGLEWOOD, Colo., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Malta, the national carrier of Malta, recently received authorization to operate in a fully digital capacity, using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as its electronic flight bag (EFB) solution. Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, helped Air Malta achieve the significant clearance from the Civil Aviation Directorate in Malta to operate as one of the initial paperless carriers in Europe.
Air Malta transitioned to using FliteDeck Pro on iPad last fall for access to digital flight information used on the ground and in the air. Air Malta now has completed the authorization process to become a fully digital airline. FliteDeck Pro helps to reduce pilot workload, increase situational awareness in flight and lower operating costs through reduced fuel consumption, based on weight savings and easy access to operational information.
"Jeppesen and FliteDeck Pro on iPad have provided the base for us to receive this authorization and achieve one of the first fully digital airline operations in Europe," said Capt. Patrick Calleja, head of Aircraft Operations, Air Malta. "It has been our goal to become a paperless airline and we look forward to continued operational benefits and improved efficiency using FliteDeck Pro as our EFB platform. This leap forward in operational effectiveness has been achieved through the expertise and belief in the product of a dedicated technical and operational team led by First Officer Mark Attard, our Technical Pilot. I am proud of what they, and their team, have achieved in cooperation with Jeppesen and, importantly, our regulators within Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate, who have been supportive and equally enthusiastic throughout," Capt. Calleja concluded.
Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro helps airlines and large operators streamline access to essential flight information and Jeppesen's industry-leading navigation data. With FliteDeck Pro, Air Malta receives vector-based terminal charts and data-driven enroute content, which is dynamically rendered on-screen for improved situational awareness in the flight deck.
"Establishing a paperless operation is a significant achievement and we congratulate Air Malta on their digital transformation and pioneering effort in Europe," said Tim Huegel, director, Jeppesen Aviation Portfolio Management. "Elimination of paper revision filing and no longer having to haul heavy flight bags is a benefit for pilots, as essential data is automatically updated and greater operational efficiency and reduced fuel consumption is achieved using FliteDeck Pro."
Air Malta connects the Maltese Islands, a popular holiday destination, with 35 destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean, operating a fleet of Airbus A320/319 aircraft. For more information about the commercial air services provided by Air Malta, please visit www.airmalta.com.
For more information on the industry-leading navigation, operations, training and optimization solutions provided by Jeppesen, please visit www.jeppesen.com.
For 80 years, Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today, this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers transformative information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air and sea operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a Boeing subsidiary and part of the Digital Aviation business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Boeing offers the industry's largest portfolio of services, support and solutions, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, providing customers a competitive advantage by solving real operational problems, enabling better decisions, maximizing efficiency and improving environmental performance – intelligent information solutions across the entire aviation ecosystem.