Turkish low-cost airline, Pegasus Airlines, has enjoyed dramatic savings of €135,000 per aircraft, per year thanks to its partnership with Panasonic. The relationship, which has seen Pegasus Airlines’ flight crews equipped with fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets, coupled with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) software, has resulted in annual savings of €11m thanks to reductions in paper, printing and copying costs as well as the crew’s ability to work in a faster, more dynamic and cost effective manner.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is approved for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) use in the aviation industry. EFB’s are designed to replace paper-based reference materials often found in the pilot’s carry-on flight bag, including the aircraft operating manual, flight-crew operating manual and navigational charts. In addition, the EFB can host purpose-built software applications to automate other functions normally conducted by hand, such as performance take-off calculations.
Prior to its collaboration with Panasonic on the EFB project, Pegasus Airlines, which undertakes 3000 flights per week, transporting 25,000,000 guests per year to 100 destinations, would carry all documents critical to navigational safety in the cockpit. These documents could often weigh up to 50kg and required every update to be made manually, resulting in increased workloads and higher costs. The introduction of the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-G1 tablet with EFB software has dramatically reduced barriers to work and increased pilot productivity.
Pegasus Airlines Captain Pilot Aydin Yumrutas commented: “With the introduction of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet, windows operating system and cloud technology into our inventory, the EFB system has become truly flawless and is now an indispensable part of every one of our flights.”
Pegasus Airlines chose the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 10 inch tablet to effectively replace bags of documents weighing tens of kilos. Additionally, detailed tests confirmed that the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet could withstand the effects of impact, water, dust and vibration and could even survive extreme temperatures. This, coupled with its highly responsive screen, readable in direct sunlight, convinced Pegasus to partner with Panasonic.
“In the past, electronic sheets and electronic flight plans were time consuming to prepare and approve,” said Aydin Yumrutas. “With the improved EFB system we now receive flight plans through the system, approve them and send them back. Performance calculations crucial to flight safety are now also made through this system and we can accurately monitor their accuracy during the flight. We are able to free our cockpits of the kilos of documents we used to have to carry and now we have extra cockpit space to store manuals mandated by the civil aviation agency and keep important reference documents within easy reach. Consequently I believe that at Pegasus airlines we have gained tremendous benefits in terms of safety, regulatory compliance and savings.”
Watch the film that shows how the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 has simplified the normal working day for employees at Pegasus here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0vMeE0z4nU&feature=youtu.be