Airline wireless

Emirates Airlines has ordered wireless network equipment from Boeing, allowing it to send broadband data to and from airplanes from touchdown to takeoff.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  January 31, 2005

Emirates Airlines has ordered Boeing's Terminal Wireless technology, allowing it to send broadband data to and from airplanes from touchdown to takeoff. Emirates Airlines has also ordered Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) from Boeing. The Dubai-based airline is ordering 30 Boeing Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for its 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes, making the airline the largest customer for that Boeing-supplied system. “We are pleased to become the world's largest EFB customer,” says Adel Al Redha, executive vice president, Engineering & Operations, at Emirates. “We are committed to working cooperatively within the aviation community on development and implementation of leading-edge technologies that enhance safety, increase efficiency and ease pilot workload,” he adds. Boeing Commercial Aviation Services will install the fully certified, fully integrated Class 3 EFBs on 777-300ERs Emirates has on order. The airline will receive its first EFB-equipped 777 in March. The EFB system stores digitally all the documentation and forms pilots typically carry onto airplanes. It also has an on-board performance tool that instantly calculates an airplane's ideal speed and engine setting, in any weather, on any runway, with any payload. Such calculations can increase by up to 9,000 kilograms (20,000 pounds) the payload a 777 taking off from a wet runway could carry.

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