Fuel Optimization Software Gaining Traction With Airlines

Safety Line does not play in the MRO space—yet. But the Paris-based fuel optimization specialist’s data analytics work is a prime example of what happens when innovative companies tap existing data sources in new ways.

Safety Line’s OptiClimb takes raw quick access recorder (QAR) data and models, at the tail-number level, to develop optimal ascent profiles for each aircraft to follow during post-departure cruise. The data points, which are delivered to the flight crew via electronic flight bag (EFB) or paper, are entered into the flight-management computer, overriding generic OEM recommendations. 

Because of differences in each aircraft’s condition, the same flight plan could yield different data for otherwise identical aircraft models. Factor in weather and other dynamic flight-operation variables, and the same aircraft flying the same route may receive different profiles on different days. The result: fuel savings of as much as 10% during climb, Safety Line President and CEO Pierre Journiaux says. The service has one announced customer, Transavia France, and is being evaluated by more than a dozen others.

Journiaux, a former commercial pilot and accident investigator for French civil aviation safety bureau BEA, started his company following years of seeing the value of data analysis. His services do not require anything new from customers, but rather use data already being collected.

Safran, which launched its SFCO2 fuel-optimization suite in 2015, saw the value in Safety Line. The French aerospace giant partnered with Groupe ADP and Bpifrance to invest nearly $4 million in Safety Line.

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