Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines has signed
an agreement to incorporate two key Boeing solutions into the
carrier's operations over the coming months. China Cargo's new 777
Freighters will use Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) to
bring advanced computer information delivery and management to the
airplanes' flight decks. Multiple Airplane Health Management (AHM)
modules will be deployed on the airline's new 777 Freighters and
current 747-400 Freighter fleet. The airline operates two
747-400ER (Extended Range) Freighters and will introduce six 777
Freighters, with the first delivery expected in the first quarter
"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," said China Cargo
President Zhu Yimin. "This will benefit our customers by improving
on-time service while reducing costly delays."
is the first airline in China to operate the Boeing EFB and AHM
combination, bringing the carrier to the forefront in maintenance
and performance technology.
Boeing Class 3 EFB,
using software developed by Boeing and its Jeppesen subsidiary,
incorporates the Onboard Performance Tool (OPT) and Electronic
Document Browser (EDB) and provides information from airplane
systems, flight crews, and cabin crews to the airline's base
operation. The OPT gives pilots the ideal speeds and engine
settings for an aircraft, in any weather, on any runway, with any
payload, improving efficiency, range and payload. The EDB module
allows instant access to the latest information, replacing
multiple bulky paper documents and minimizing the need for manual
updating and revision.
Airplane Health Management is a
multi-module decision support capability provided through the
web portal. Real-Time Fault Management collects real-time airplane
data to provide enhanced fault forwarding, troubleshooting, and
historical fix success rates, reducing schedule interruptions and
increasing maintenance efficiency.
The AHM Custom Alerting
and Analysis module (formerly known as Service Monitoring)
provides a powerful analysis and alerting tool to identify
potential system issues and also monitors such items as tire
pressure, oxygen pressure, hydraulic fluid and auxiliary power
unit and engine oil levels. The Performance Monitoring module
monitors fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to optimize airplane
operations and support maintenance decision making.
monitoring of the two models will bring value to the airline's
engineering management by improving maintenance performance and
flight operations through reduced delays, cancellations, air turn
backs and diversions.
China Cargo Airlines is a joint
venture of China Eastern Airlines and China Ocean Shipping and
operates dedicated freight services using China Eastern's route
structure. The airline also operates six MD-11 Freighters.
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