Technology opens up new opportunities to introduce business improvements and reduce costs and the aviation industry is starting to explore more digital solutions to unlock a wide range of benefits.
There is now an abundance of software solutions that airlines can utilise, and flight planning software is becoming more popular. Using intelligent software enables airlines to reduce fuel costs by identifying the most fuel-efficient routes, while also taking safety-critical data into the route planning.
Flight planning software uses key data such as weather forecasts including wind speeds and direction to calculate the minimum amount of fuel required for the flight (while complying with safety regulations for minimum amount of fuel). By reducing the fuel being carried, the load of the aircraft is lighter and fuel consumption is lower.
With fuel prices escalating to sky-high levels, it is more important than ever for airlines to identify ways to be more fuel efficient and flight planning software is key to this. Since the beginning of 2022, there has been a 90% increase in the price of jet fuel. At a time when the aviation industry is still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, these rising costs are of great concern to airline companies.
How flight planning software saves money
An IATA cost-reduction exercise in Canadian airspace enabled flight times to reduce by up to seven minutes. Airline companies were able to save around $27 million on fuel, flight crew and maintenance costs through the changes introduced using flight planning applications.
Even shaving one minute off a journey time can help to save significant amounts of money and airlines can also use flight planning software to reduce the money they are required to pay on overfly fees for using their air traffic control systems when in their airspace.
Another area of flight planning that is being reviewed for efficiency improvements is how airline climb and descent profiles can be optimised for the current weather conditions to find the most fuel-efficient points for climb and descent.
Departure queue data analysis is another aspect of flight planning where fuel consumption can be reduced by using technology that manages aircraft departure queues more effectively.
Over the next few years, flight planning software is expected to develop even further, providing continual advances in technology that will enable airlines to make more cost savings through more fuel efficient routes and other fuel consumption reduction solutions.
In addition to saving money on fuel costs, airlines that reduce fuel consumption are also reducing emissions, which is a top priority for all industries due to the climate change crisis. A lot of research is being undertaken to explore alternative fuel options, which should also help to reduce costs in the future.
Promeus is a cloud-based inflight catering management system that includes a Flight Plan module that calculates the total cost of the flight based on class of service and customer. It enables airlines to identify ways to reduce catering service costs, as well as delivering numerous other benefits such as more streamlined administration processes.
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