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Engineering Task
Fuel & Operational Efficiency Management

We make operational efficiency fly

Airlines have long struggled with razor-thin margins, but rapidly evolving onboard technology such as EFB systems and real-time connectivity create entirely new opportunities of maximizing profitability through streamlined operations and lower operating costs.

PACE’s EFB flight profile optimization tools help airlines improve their operational efficiency by giving pilots the ability to re-evaluate the flight trajectory when restrictions or weather changes occur. Using up-to-date meteorological and operational data, the software recommends the most cost-efficient speeds and altitudes to destination and assesses alternative courses of action. Giving flight crews a clear understanding of the economic impact of their on-board choices enables airlines to tap into an unused fuel-saving potential of 1-4% on average.

A Lufthansa regional jet in approach for landing

Regional aircraft

Up to 4% annual fuel savings reported for regional aircraft types such as Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ

A Lufthansa aircraft at take-off

Airbus A320 family

Up to 1.9% annual fuel savings proven for Airbus A320 family in typical operations

Passenger view of an aircraft wing during flight

Current & legacy long-range aircraft

Up to 1% fuel savings on average reported for B767, B747-8, A330/340, A350 and A380

Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer on EFB screen

On-board flight profile optimization

Flight profile optimization is a key contributor to greater operational efficiency, which can significantly affect the airline bottom line.

Real-time EFB application Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer provides reliable decision-making support which enables flight crews to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen changes along the route and to navigate the cost penalties of sub-optimum operations.

Your benefits

  • Reduces fuel burn by 1-2% on average
  • Avoids delays and dissatisfied customers and cuts the associated costs
  • Focuses on reducing the cost of the overall trip
  • Gives pilots workable, pragmatic advice taking into account present altitude/speed and time constraints
  • Delivers highly accurate results based on live aircraft and weather data/ best available performance data

Cost index operations for regional aircraft

On aircraft equipped with an FMS that does not support cost index, cost-effective flying is largely up to the skill and experience of the flight crew.

EFB application Pacelab CI OPS enables operators of regional and legacy aircraft to consistently harness the full potential of cost index operations, one of the few remaining “big-ticket items” of fuel efficiency.

Your benefits

  • Enables annual fuel savings of up to 4% on average
  • Improves on-time performance
  • Raises cost awareness of flight crews
  • Promotes data-driven operational decisions
  • Generates variable speed schedules for CI-based flight planning
  • Does not obligatorily require aircraft connectivity (suitable for Class 1 and 2 EFBs)
Pacelab CI OPS on EFB screen

Image credits

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"Lufthansa_Airbus_A320_neo_D-AINA,_The_world's_first_A320_neo_(24614394922).jpg" by Kiefer/Flicker. Available under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
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