GCAA, Etihad Airways, and Thales collaborate to optimize flight operations

Through this deal, GCAA, Etihad Airways, and Thales will test the solutions developed by Thales
GCAA, Etihad Airways, and Thales collaborate to optimize flight operations
Part of the agreement signing. (Photo Credit: WAM)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Etihad Airways, and Thales, with the aim of collaborating on reducing climate impact in the Emirates Flight Information Region (FIR). Under this MoU, the GCAA, Etihad Airways, and Thales will conduct testing on Thales’ “Thales Orchestrator for Eco-Friendly Trajectories” solution, which allows users to implement optimized flight paths in a simple, efficient, and fast manner.

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The signing of the MoU involved Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director-general of the GCAA, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, chief operating officer at Etihad Airways.

The UAE’s aviation industry has experienced significant growth, establishing itself as a global leader in air connectivity. Furthermore, the country has solidified its position as a vital hub in the post-pandemic era, reaffirming its status as one of the world’s foremost aviation pioneers.

Recognizing the environmental impact of air transport, the industry is committed to achieving zero carbon emissions by 2050, with environmental sustainability being a top priority. Moreover, to address this global challenge, optimizing flight operations is among the most effective strategies.

Also, by choosing more direct routes, adjusting flight profiles in real-time, and utilizing digital tools to enhance collaboration between airspace users and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), significant progress can be made towards achieving these goals.

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