Honeywell Aerospace’s Next Generation Flight Management System has been selected by British Airways, the U.K.’s largest airline, to increase navigation database capacity on its B747-400 fleet. The increased capacity enables British Airways to more efficiently plan flight routes at optimum altitudes, with shorter flight plans and reduced fuel burn and carbon emissions.
“We continue to invest in the latest onboard technology to further improve our customers’ flying experience,” said Captain Tim Price, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, British Airways. “Honeywell’s avionics help us to do this by equipping our aircraft with the latest technology designed to maintain high levels of safety, efficiency and flexible route-planning.”
British Airways has been implementing a comprehensive range of Honeywell safety systems across its B777 and A320 fleets since 2010, including IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar, which will help save on maintenance costs by enabling pilots to detect damaging weather earlier and avoid it; SmartRunway, which uses Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) database to reduce the risk of runway incursions by warning the crew if any aspect of taxi or takeoff is not correctly configured; and Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) with SmartTraffic, which provides pilots with real-time awareness of surrounding traffic to maximize the use of optimal flight levels.