Ryanair deploys new navigation software to more than 300 jets

18 Sep 2014

Low fares airline Ryanair has signed a deal with Navtech to deploy a new flight management system across its fleet of 300 Boeing 737-800s.

Ryanair converted to Navtech paper charts and FMS data in August and is currently transferring to electronic flight bags for its pilots.

Navtech’s cockpit solution iCharts EFB has been designed to provide pilots with quick and easy access to the most up-to-date data, as well as customisation options based on user and organisation size.

“In Navtech, we found a partner whose products will help us to deliver further efficiencies as we grow from our current 300 aircraft fleet to 520 aircraft over the next 10 years,” said Ryanair’s group director of operations Michael Hickey.

“The transition of paper charts and FMS data was seamless and we will now eliminate paper charts in the cockpit by deploying Navtech’s iCharts EFB software on board our entire fleet,” Hickey added.

Ryanair has been investing heavily in its digital strategy over the past year and in April announced 200 new digital jobs at its head office near Dublin Airport.

In recent weeks, the company launched a new app that allows consumers to create a ‘My Ryanair’ profile they can then use to select and book flights from 1,600 routes, choose allocated seats, manage their bookings, add baggage, book hotels and cars, and download mobile boarding passes.

Ryanair jet image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years