Etihad Airways announced the use of electronic technical records in its operations after the General Civil Aviation Authority approved the implementation of the initiative on Etihad Airways’ Boeing 777 cargo fleet, which would contribute to accelerating the dispensing of paper records in operations.
The launch of the initiative comes after three months of Etihad Airways’ experiences in partnership with the General Authority of Civil Aviation, where the paper records currently used by the aircrew and engineers to document flight and maintenance information for every flight or plane will be replaced despite the progress made by modern aircraft. However, most airlines still use paper records.
By dispensing with paper documents, paperless records will help provide immediate information that can be exchanged with the concerned authorities, starting from air or ground operations, in a way that increases the effectiveness of operational processes and reduces delays and costs.
This initiative represents a further example of Etihad Airways’ success in investing in innovative solutions and continuing to enhance safety operations, while reducing complexity and workload and improving how Etihad Airways manages compliance requirements.
“Etihad Airways is proud to collaborate with the General Civil Aviation Authority to become the first airline in the UAE to use electronic technical records on board the airline’s fleet,” said Paul Kerr, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President for Technical Affairs.
He added that this initiative supports the innovation and sustainability goals of Etihad Airways, which are also core values for the capital of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates .. The use of electronic technical records will help enhance the operational efficiency and airworthiness of the fleet, which is a huge step for the aviation sector in the UAE.
On his part, His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, said: “The General Authority of Civil Aviation has chosen Etihad Airways to implement the electronic technical records initiative on Boeing 777 cargo planes. This represents a major achievement for Etihad and the aviation sector in general at the state level. This initiative supports the General Authority of Civil Aviation’s vision of cutting out paper operations, and we thank Etihad Airways for their pioneering efforts.
Steve Russell, CEO of Condius, the technology services provider for eTech registries, said: “We have seen that eTech records have transformed the aviation sector, by delivering significant benefits to airlines and the industry as a whole.”
It is worth noting that electronic technical records would contribute to the sustainability program implemented by Etihad Airways, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint and the environmental repercussions of the aviation sector by promoting sustainability initiatives at the level of the company’s operations and by replacing paper documents with electronic records in the Etihad cargo fleet. For aviation, approximately 166 trees and approximately 6 metric tons will be saved annually.
With the initiative implemented in its freight fleet, Etihad Airways plans to roll it out to its Boeing 787 Dreamliners fleet, and then the rest of its passenger fleet by 2021.