Wednesday, December 9, 2009

China Cargo Airlines Adopts Cutting Edge Boeing Technology

New Systems Will Enhance Service and Safety
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines are to integrate two new Boeing computer systems into their air freight fleet next year which will improve both the efficiency and level of their cargo services and improve safety aspects.

China Cargo will introduce Boeing’s Multiple Airplane Health Management (AHM) modules on its existing 747-400 freighters. This collects real-time aircraft data so as to radically increase maintenance efficiency and thus reduce downtime from faults.

The system will also be used on China Cargo’s new 777 freighters, six of which the company plans to introduce early next year. In addition, these will also be fitted with Boeing’s Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), which gives pilots the optimum speed and engine settings for their flight situation by taking into account load, weather and even runway conditions.

The EFB thus greatly improves efficiency in terms of payload and fuel use and allows pilots instant access to the latest information, replacing multiple bulky paper documents and minimizing the need for manual updating and revision.

Speaking of the upgrades China Cargo’s President Zhu Yimin said that: “We believe that Electronic Flight Bag and Airplane Health Management will bring increased efficiency and a greater awareness of each airplane's situation and condition to both flight deck and ground-based personnel.

“This will benefit our customers by improving on-time service while reducing costly delays.”

China Cargo is the first airline in China to operate the two system combination which will, according to Boeing, bring “…the carrier to the forefront in maintenance and performance technology.”

“China Cargo is incorporating fleet enhancements that will increase the value of its 777 and 747-400 freighters,” said Dan da Silva, vice president of Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“But the key is the benefits that EFB and AHM will bring to China Cargo's operations.”

(pic: Boeing)