Flag carrier Air China has cut its fuel costs by almost $2m in less than six months using a new flight management system.
The carrier is trialling a software system that enables pilots to be constantly updated with weather information.
The Wind Uplink system has been developed by air transport IT company SITA and enables the crew to adjust an aircraft’s flight path in-flight according to changing wind and weather conditions.
Air China’s senior manager of operation technology Lu Yun-Guo, confirmed: “We started trailing Wind Uplink in early 2013 and we have already significantly lowered our fuel bills. In just six months, we have saved close to $2m, and that was with implementation across only part of our fleet.”