Crewmembers to evaluate use of iPads in flight
DENVER, Colo. (March 11, 2013)–Frontier Airlines announced today that it has started the FAA-approved evaluation program of Apple iPad tablets as Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) in all phases of flight. Upon successful completion of a six month evaluation, Frontier plans to use the iPad EFBs on all flights. Removing traditional 30-pound flight bags, as well as other aircraft manuals, from each Frontier Airlines aircraft will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel costs annually.
In addition to fuel savings through weight reduction, use of the iPads will reduce paper and printing expenses.
The iPads also enhance safety and information for flight crews. With the iPads, pilots will have access to supplemental information applications, providing complete and timely information related to weather and aircraft routing.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to reduce costs and our carbon footprint while improving reliability and safety,” said Scott Gould, Frontier’s vice president of flight operations. “We are proud to continue moving forward in implementing this technology for all phases of flight.”
To implement this improvement, Frontier partnered with Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, based in Englewood, Colo. Frontier pilots will utilize the Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro application for use throughout all phases of flight.
“Digital flight information delivered through mobile EFB solutions is revolutionizing the aviation industry and we are proud to team with Frontier Airlines as they go through the evaluation process to use iPads in all phases of flight,” said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen senior vice president and general manager, Aviation. “Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPads will help Frontier Airlines operate more efficiently on the ground and in the air by reducing pilot workload, increasing situational awareness and reducing fuel consumption to help lower operational costs.”
Frontier has also partnered with ForeFlight, based in Houston, TX, to provide pilots with supplemental weather information and Notices to Airmen through ForeFlight’s mobile application.
Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:RJET).
About Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET), an airline holding company that also owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. Currently in its 19th year of operations, Frontier offers service to more than 80 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The airline employs 4,500 aviation professionals, operating from its hub at Denver International Airport. For in-depth information on Frontier Airlines and to book tickets, visit FlyFrontier.com.