MAB adopts GE Digital’s fuel efficiency analytics

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by BLOOMBERG

MALAYSIA Airlines Bhd (MAB) is collaborating with GE Digital on aircraft fuel efficiency monitoring solutions as part of the carrier’s initiatives to meet its sustainability goals.

The national flag carrier adopted GE Digital’s Fuel Insight and FlightPulse aviation software to transform and modernise the airline’s fuel efficiency programme.

MAB has implemented various initiatives including efficiency measures, investments in sustainability solutions and waste reduction across its operations to address its sustainability goals.

The fuel efficiency programme has been running for over a decade, contributing to a 15% fuel burn improvement recorded over the past eight years.

MAB’s group operations officer, Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, stated promoting sustainability in all of the MAB’s operations has always been a top priority.

He said digitalisation is a core component of the airlines’ long term business plan and such efforts bring immediate value especially in the area of fuel efficiency.

“We are looking forward to such a partnership that contributes to the airline’s efforts to accelerate our sustainability target.

“Through these solutions, we seek to play a greater part in building a legacy for future generations and enhancing our own airline’s sustainability efforts,” Ahmad Luqman said in a statement yesterday.

Fuel Insight is a cost and emissions monitoring solution that works by understanding data from the aircraft to uncover valuable intelligence that helps increase fuel efficiency and reduce waste.

It also gives operators actionable intelligence at multiple levels allowing analysts to drill down macro trends to understand issues on a per-flight level.

The software uses GE Digital’s Event Measurement System (EMS) aviation data and analytics platform to merge flight data with flight plans, load sheets and fuel uplift data, identify the most attainable fuel savings opportunities, and track the incremental savings across the operation.

FlightPulse, meanwhile, puts data directly into the hands of pilots, allowing them to visualise their savings over time.

Pilots who understand their own performance can adjust their flight plans to maximise safety and fuel efficiency.

Secure benchmarking and data sharing allows crew members to see their contribution to projects and dramatically shortens the feedback loop.

MAB evaluated the software with an extensive team of pilots, dispatchers and analysts who endorsed the software solution, which is hosted on GE Digital’s EMS platform.

EMS is built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform providing compute, data, and security services.

GE Digital’s GM of the aviation software business Andrew Coleman said the company is committed to environmental excellence and that includes ensuring its customers are empowered to reduce the impact of their technology and environmental footprint within their operations.

“These solutions will help MAB to leverage software to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions,” Coleman added.

The solution will be implemented by the GE Digital aviation software teams in Austin, Texas and Shanghai, China.

Additionally, GE Digital provides MAB with the tools to build its big data analytics and leverage modern tools for data analysis including artificial intelligence or machine learning.