Virgin Atlantic is taking advantage of digital refuelling technology across major US airports, starting with San Francisco (SFO) and Boston Logan (BOS).
Through eHandshake®, Virgin Atlantic pilots will be able to digitally communicate with refuellers to allow for better refuel efficiency. This technology replaces a dated process where paper tickets are manually created and hand-delivered to the Pilot.
By digitising these tickets, Virgin Atlantic can ensure that their fuelling data is accurate and they have full transparency from the into-plane operator, including the requested fuel versus the actual refuel amount.
“As we focus on decarbonising aviation, it’s crucial for us to ensure that every drop of fuel is optimised during the refuelling process. eHandshake® allows us to collect accurate fuelling data and ensure that the aircraft has the optimal amount of fuel for its journey.” - Eve Messenger, Fuel Manager at Virgin Atlantic
This digitalisation also allows pilots to make real-time adjustments to target fuel amounts based on weight changes and provide into-plane operators, such as PrimeFlight, with a more accurate target fuel amount - reducing the cost of fuel and aircraft weight.
“i6 technology is helping us to deliver a market-leading refuelling service for airlines as the entire industry moves towards increasing operational efficiency and reducing environmental impact.” - Wayne Ingle, VP Operations Support at PrimeFlight
Alongside can fuel usage, paperless refuelling also facilitates a quicker and safer refuelling process. So, Virgin Atlantic passengers will benefit from reduced chances of delays and more fuel-efficient flights.
“Our fuel management technology has been proven to reduce the risk of over-fuelling - directly reducing airline fuel costs and carbon emissions. Digitalisation speeds up the fuel delivery process by several minutes per refuel and allows for reliable and COVID-safe interaction between the Pilot and Refueller.” - Steve Uhrmacher, CEO at i6 Group
This complements our recent deployment of real-time fuel inventory management at Boston Logan Airport (BOS), where airlines now have greater visibility, control, and security over their fuel stock and movements. The addition of eHandshake® empowers airlines to better understand and control fuel usage and offers yet another step towards smarter and greener airport operations.
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