Air Arabia to introduce new Thales technology onboard flights

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Sharjah-based Air Arabia has signed a new agreement with Thales, the French aerospace company, for its new Aviobook Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system, which allows pilots to operate efficiently in the cockpit with digital manuals and charts.

The signing took place at the Bahrain International Airshow, with Air Arabia having already implemented the Aviobook Electronic Flight Bag system years back, thus resulting in the reduction of the amount of paper required to be carried on board.

Thales Pads will now replace existing electronic devices onboard, ensuring that the latest technology is adopted. The new EFB, lighter in weight, includes enhanced features and provides higher levels of reliability and performance.

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Group CEO, Air Arabia, Adel Al Ali elucidated: “Efficiency has been at the heart of Air Arabia operations since the carrier launch 15 years ago. Adopting the Thales Pads into our cockpit reflects Air Arabia’s innovative approach towards investing in technology and business intelligence to continue driving operational reliability and efficiency higher. We look forward to working with Thales to successfully implement this new project.”

The Thales Pads will be progressively rolled out across the entire Air Arabia fleet, starting from April 2019. Air Arabia currently operates a fleet of 53 new Airbus A320 aircraft, serving over 150 routes from four hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt.