The new agreement includes GE’s Flight Efficiency Services, which covers navigation services and data and analytics services to increase operational flexibility and improve fuel efficiency across the Qantas and Jetstar fleet, GE said in a statement on Tuesday (US time).
GE said it would collaborate with Qantas on “specific initiatives to support the transformation strategy such as flightcrew awareness, procedure compliance, operational insights and airspace utilisation improvements”.
GE’s support also included access to the company’s “full suite of analytical tools as well as process improvement, six sigma, change management and other domain expertise”.
“We’re delighted to be expanding the long-standing relationship between Qantas and GE with a renewed focus on fuel efficiency,” Qantas head of fuel and environment Alan Milne said in a statement.
“Greater fuel efficiency is an operational, financial and environmental priority for the Qantas Group, and at the heart of the biggest transformation of our business for two decades. We’re big admirers of GE’s innovation in this area and we look forward to working even more closely together in years to come.”
GE Aviation general manager of digital solutions Michael Thompson said Qantas was a “leading customer of our new digital product offering which offers the most extensive analytics experience in the industry, with more than 40 million flights and 120 million flight hours processed”.
“GE currently provides analytics for more than 4,500 aircraft worldwide, processing data from all the major fixed wing manufacturers from wide-body to corporate jets,” Thompson said in a statement.
The agreement also extends Qantas’s partnership with GE for the supply of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures across many airports in the Qantas network.