ROUND ROCK, Texas, 9 May 2013. Dell OEM Solutions and Airbus have partnered to provide an end-to-end electronic flight bag (EFB) solution to worldwide operators of aircraft in the Airbus A320 airliner family.
The solution features a Dell laptop that adheres to strict regulatory standards, is preloaded with “FlySmart with Airbus” software, and is installed as Class-2 EFB equipment. Such an EFB approach eliminates the need to carry paper-based flight documentation while digitizing information in a way that supports local specifications.
The Class-2 EFB solution supported by Airbus and Dell OEM enables airline operators to connect Dell Latitude laptops to the aircraft cockpit via a certified connection. 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.
Dell’s Latitude EFB solution also complies with strict aviation regulations and offers dependable security and in-depth data and device-management options.
This announcement covers EFB Class-2 solutions for Airbus single-aisle aircraft; additional releases are expected given that the agreement extends to other aircraft types.
“Airbus is dedicated to helping airlines enhance the profitability of their fleets by working with industry experts like Dell OEM to deliver the best possible solution,” says Didier Lux, Airbus executive vice president of customer services. “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.”
“Our relationship with Airbus further cements our commitment to the aviation industry and our agility in delivering and supporting the EFB solution to Airbus customers globally re-enforces the strength and efficiency of our global supply chain,” explains Joyce Mullen, vice president and general manager OEM Solutions at Dell.