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What are the key future initiatives your digital aviation team is working on and why are they important?
To answer this question, we talked with Skip Haffner, Senior Manager, Global Strategic Relations at Jeppesen. Below are some excerpts from the conversation with Skip:
“There are many areas (where we’re focused), but our main focus is assisting our airline partners in reducing costs and passenger inconvenience. Airlines are always just barely profitable. In most cases, airlines are slightly not profitable over the years; then they have those exceptional years that keep them afloat. Even in the low fuel prices days like today, airlines continue to look for operational efficiencies. Because there is so much competition in the airline market, it is hard for airlines to generate any significant profits through increased ticket prices. So, the only way to increase profit is by reducing costs and improving efficiencies.
“With that in mind, here are some areas where we’re focused:”
Pilot Portal—“We’re looking at pulling information together to a single point, an information portal if you will, for pilots. It’s not just about charting, but about supporting the pilot’s entire day of operation with the airline.”
Wearable Devices—“As wearable devices emerge, we’re examining how that plays a role in opportunities to efficiently share information and notifications, as well as possible monitoring of fatigue and other issues related to pilots.”
Analytics—“As airplanes and systems become more information rich, we’re asking ourselves, How can we help airlines mine that data for new opportunities or find patterns where they can take advantage of efficiencies?”
“At Jeppesen, we have more aeronautical and aviation data than anyone in the world. We also have the most diverse portfolio. That (portfolio) is not just around charting, but includes flight planning, maintenance, and crew and fleet planning as well. That puts us in the best position of anyone out there to address issues like those above…as well as the many others we’re working on.”