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SKY AIRLINE INNOVATES IN FUEL EFFICIENCY AS THE FIRST LATIN AMERICAN AIRLINE AND FIRST A320 FAMILY OPERATOR TO IMPLEMENT BIG DATA SOLUTION OPTI CLIMB

13/02/2019

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SKY AIRLINE INNOVATES IN FUEL EFFICIENCY AS THE FIRST LATIN AMERICAN AIRLINE AND FIRST A320 FAMILY OPERATOR TO IMPLEMENT BIG DATA SOLUTION OPTI CLIMB
Sky Airline, the second largest airline in Chile, has announced an agreement for innovative service provider Safety Line to deliver its fuel saving solution OptiClimb. Further to a three-month test campaign of over 3000 flights and satisfactory results, all Sky Airline pilots are now systematically implementing OptiClimb recommended speeds. The Big Data based solution combines historical flight data and accurate weather inputs to allow the carrier to save 5 to 6% of fuel during the climb phase, thereby reducing its yearly carbon footprint by 3400 metric tons.
Reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with optimized climb speeds

The climb phase can represent up to 30% of total fuel for medium haul operations. OptiClimb delivers optimized climb speeds to the flight crew ahead of each flight in order to reduce fuel costs and limit carbon emissions. The optimization process leverages historical flight data and combines machine learning performance models for each tail number together with accurate 4D weather gradients throughout the climb. OptiClimb is the only fuel saving solution specifically addressing the climb phase and is currently testing with 28 airlines worldwide.

Sky Airline becomes a pioneer in fuel efficiency

Following in the footsteps of Transavia France, Transavia Netherlands and Air Austral, respectively in Europe and in the Indian Ocean, the Chilean low-cost carrier becomes the first Latin-American airline to sign up to OptiClimb, as well as the first Airbus operator worldwide.

Safety Line’s founder and CEO, Pierre Jouniaux, stated: “We are proud to have Sky Airline as our first customer in the region. Their enthusiasm to test the solution with all pilots allowed to quickly achieve some measurable results”.

Sky Airline A320 Captain and Fuel Efficiency Manager Nicolas Chadwick stated: “The Safety Line support throughout the test campaign has been great, from integration with our EFB solution to addressing questions raised by the crew during normal operations. The savings achieved with OptiClimb will allow us to be more competitive in this aggressive market while preserving the environment”.

Read the press release here: https://bit.ly/2swkwgr