Captain Grétar Mar Óðinsson, Lead EFB Project Team Manager & Capt B757 at Icelandair and Jens Pisarski, COO & Partner at International Flight Support share Icelandair’s experience of upgrading and expanding its EFB.
ICELANDAIR has had an EFB program running for a few years, since 2004. This article will explain something about the program; how it came about, how it is evolving and how Icelandair sees its EFB in the future…what they wish to get from it. During the course of this current project over several years there have been a lot of changes from when the project started in 2011 up to the present time. Today, the talk is of integration, trying to combine data into one application, a single user experience: it’s all very encouraging. But before we go any further, some words about Icelandair, quite a small airline whose location is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on an island with a population of just 330,000. The airline is 80 years old (1937–2017) and serves major markets in Europe (26 destinations) as well as North America (18 destinations) through its Keflavik hub. Its business strategy is based on the geographical position of Iceland, midway between North Europe and the East coast of the USA. This means that, despite its size, Icelandair carried some 3.5 million passengers in 2016, a figure that has been growing at about 15 percent each year for the past six years. The fleet includes 28 Boeing 757 with four 767s and 16 Boeing 737 MAX on order plus a further eight options. 737 deliveries will start in early 2018 and the aircraft will be equipped with the same EFB solution that is used on Icelandair’s 757 and 767 fleets.
Click and read the full case study here: Case Study – Icelandair – Paperless Flight Bag