Amid the bustle and excitement of this year’s Bahrain International Airshow, low-cost carrier Air Arabia has signed a deal with Thales to adopt the latest iteration of its Aviobook Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system.
Set to be deployed across the entirety of the carrier’s fleet, Aviobook EFB is a solution that enables pilots to access digital versions of manuals and charts while in mid-flight.
Building upon an existing agreement between the two parties, which saw the previous deployment of the Aviobook Electronic Flight Bag system a few years prior, new Thales Pads will now replace existing electronic devices on board.
Featuring improvements in terms of reliability and performance, the new units are also lightweight in design, making they're easier to handle within the confines of the flight deck.
Adel Al Ali, Group CEO of Air Arabia, said: “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 rollout of the updated devices across Air Arabia’s fleet is expected to start from April 2019. To date, the carrier maintains a fleet of 53 Airbus A320 aircraft and is expected to take delivery of another five Airbus A321neo LR in 2019.
Commenting on the deal, Roger Daix, VP Thales Middle East, shared: "Thales is very proud to have been selected by Air Arabia, a longstanding airline carrier in the Middle East and we are honoured to equip the airline with the new Aviobook Electronic Flight Bag system. This selection represents a major win for Thales in the Middle East reinforcing our presence within the region. Thales is committed to supporting Air Arabia in driving innovation at the highest standards”