Intelligent CIO Kuwait Issue 5 | Page 41

INTELLIGENT VERTICAL: AVIATION KUWAIT AIRWAYS LEVERAGES HONEYWELL ADVANCED SOFTWARE TO CUT FUEL COSTS K uwait Airways is reducing fuel use through its utilisation of Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency software. The technology is also being deployed at Nippon Cargo Airlines and may reduce fuel costs by up to 3%, saving each airline potentially millions of dollars per year. “Airlines today are trying to meet very tight margins while also improving operational efficiency, and Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency helps on both fronts,” said John Peterson, Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services at Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Aerospace. “We give operators information they can use to develop, implement, sustain and measure fuel-efficiency initiatives.” Fuel use can account for 20% to 40% of an airline’s operating costs, so even single-digit percentage improvements can potentially save airlines tens of millions of dollars each year. Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency allows airlines to take advantage of new ways to save fuel by impacting the three major influencers of fuel consumption: aircraft weight, engine utilisation and fuel planning. The software collects, cleans and analyses streams of disparate data from a wide variety of sources, and offers actionable insights and alerts that can help improve an airline’s efficiency across its fleet. Kuwait Airways has implemented the software across its fleet of 25 Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Nippon Cargo Airlines and Kuwait Airways join an expanding list of more than 32 global customers already using Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency, including Lufthansa, Etihad, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Turkish Airlines and others. Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency is one component of Honeywell Forge for Airlines, which includes solutions for flight operations, flight efficiency and connected maintenance in a single user interface. By providing alerts and identifying savings opportunities, the solution can help airlines maximise their profits while improving workflows between pilots, ground maintenance and operations to increase productivity. Kuwait Airways is an international airline that connects the Kuwaiti economy with the rest of the world providing an important link with the GCC countries, the Indian sub-continent, Asia, Europe and the USA. The airline is expanding its fleet with the latest generation Airbus A320-NEO aircraft. From 2020 onwards, new generation Airbus A330–800 will join the fleet and the next step will be the planned delivery of long- haul Airbus A350. Kuwait Airways aims to re-establish its network to reach more than 46 countries around the globe. n INTELLIGENTCIO 41