Japan Airlines to install Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag on New Boeing 777s

Travel News Asia Monday, 9 April 2007

Japan Airlines has confirmed that it will install Boeing's Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on two new 777 airplanes to be delivered beginning this year: a 777-200 scheduled for delivery in May and a 777-300ER scheduled to join the fleet later in the year. The airline's decision represents its first EFB order. Japan Airlines has 38 777s in operation and eight more on order.

The Boeing Class 3 EFB is a pilot-dedicated flight-deck computer integrated into an airplane's avionics that has become a must-have device for airlines looking to improve both the safety and efficiency of their 777 fleets.

"We know our passengers will appreciate our willingness to invest in technology that helps us improve the safety, value and service we offer," said Tadao "Tad" Sakai, vice president, Japan Airlines Flight Operations Engineering Department. "We're convinced that with the Boeing Electronic Flight Bag, Japan Airlines has picked a device that will help give us a powerful competitive advantage."

Boeing's EFB has recorded more than 1,000 total orders since it was introduced for sale in 2002. It has been ordered for Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s, 777s and 787s (the Class 3 EFB comes as standard equipment on the 787 Dreamliner).

Boeing's Class 3 EFB can serve as a critical communications gateway between the airplane in the sky and an airline's operations center and maintenance department on the ground.

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