easyJet Collaborates with Collins Aerospace to Enhance Fleet Operations and Sustainability
December 2023 - easyJet, a prominent low-cost carrier, has announced a significant partnership with Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, to activate GlobalConnectSM connected aircraft services across its fleet of over 330 Airbus aircraft. This collaboration marks easyJet as the largest A320 operator globally to deploy GlobalConnect, a move that underscores the airline's commitment to enhancing operational efficiencies and sustainability.
Integration of GlobalConnectSM for Operational Excellence
The integration of Collins GlobalConnect with easyJet's existing Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger system (FOMAX) is set to provide the airline with valuable insights into fleet operations. This advanced data exchange and analytics capability will enable easyJet to make proactive decisions, leading to more efficient airline operations.
Potential for Fuel Efficiency and Carbon Reduction
The adoption of GlobalConnect also presents the opportunity to simplify the avionics architecture of easyJet's fleet. This simplification is anticipated to lead to further fuel efficiency gains, particularly through the gradual removal of Quick Access Recorders. The airline estimates that this could result in a saving of up to 500 tonnes of carbon per year when implemented across its entire fleet.
Comments from easyJet and Collins Aerospace
Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability at easyJet, emphasized the airline's continuous search for innovative solutions to make its aircraft more connected and reduce emissions. Jen Schopfer, President of Connected Aviation Solutions at Collins Aerospace, highlighted the role of the FOMAX system and GlobalConnect in empowering airlines with comprehensive data-driven insights to enhance operations and passenger experience.
easyJet's Digital Transformation and Environmental Commitment
The activation of GlobalConnect services across easyJet's fleet is a significant step in the airline's digital transformation journey. It also aligns with easyJet's dedication to adopting technologies that benefit passengers and the environment. The airline's roadmap to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 includes a focus on new technology, fleet renewal, operational efficiencies, airspace modernization, sustainable aviation fuel, and carbon removal technology.
About Collins Aerospace and RTX
Collins Aerospace, part of RTX, is a leader in integrated and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. RTX, the world's largest aerospace and defense company, is committed to advancing aviation, engineering integrated defense systems, and developing next-generation technology solutions.
easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, is known for its extensive route network, value fares, and friendly service. With a fleet of over 300 aircraft, easyJet carried more than 69 million passengers in 2022. The airline is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, supporting local charities, and working towards sustainable aviation.
This partnership between easyJet and Collins Aerospace represents a significant advancement in the aviation industry's efforts towards operational efficiency and sustainability. The implementation of GlobalConnectSM is a testament to easyJet's innovative approach and commitment to reducing its environmental impact while enhancing the overall passenger experience.