Managing cost-saving initiatives in mobile technology.
Tackling the logistical challenges of securely delivering information to airline crew in flight and on-the-move.
As part of its objective to firmly establish itself as Europe’s leading low-fares scheduled passenger airline, Ryanair selected CWSI to consult on and manage cost-saving initiatives in mobile technology which will have major business benefits for the future of the company.
The airline was keen to find a way to remove the need for paper and manuals from the flight deck, saving 15kgs of extra weight from each cockpit, eliminating more than 10 million pages of paper, and therefore creating massive fuel savings.
The latest information was still needed to be at the crew’s fingertips at all times in order to comply with regulations and ensure the safety and security of passengers on board.
Central to Ryanair’s mobile strategy, was their Electronic Flight Bag project - an ambition to enable all pilots and crew to eliminate the need to carry with them the cumbersome amounts of paperwork required for each flight.
CWSI worked closely with Ryanair's IT department, hardware supplier and the application development team at secure cloud service provider MobileIron to provide pilots with iPads equipped with the ability to run a host of aviation apps, automated on board and troubleshooting processes, and a central platform for reporting and monitoring, all with a guaranteed level of security, from within the tightly spaced cockpit environment.
Ryanair launched its Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) for all pilots across its entire fleet of 300 Boeing 737-800 aircraft and 4,000 pilots serving over 200 destinations across Europe. Pilots now have full electronic use of Boeing's Onboard Performance Tool (OPT). This includes take-off performance calculations, the latest weather reports, as well as access to the most up to date electronic flight manuals - all of which can be updated instantly and made available to all crew thanks to our digital solution.
CWSI have been instrumental in the successful delivery of this project enabling proven results in increased productivity. Their knowledge on mobility issues is second to none. They managed the deployment seamlessly, completing the project on time and to budget.
Our digital mobile solution allows Ryanair to maintain 4,000 mobile devices, as their pilots fly around Europe. Security controls behind the scenes to keep it seamless for end users. CWSI ensures that all devices connecting to the network have been adequately secured, so that, if a pilot loses their passcode, IT can simply reset it within MobileIron— rather than wiping the entire device and forcing the employee to spend 1-2 two hours reinstalling apps. However, Ryanair retains the ability to wipe corporate data from hacked, compromised or missing devices.
Ryanair continues to work closely with CWSI to improve business processes, create greater efficiencies, cost savings and become leaders in their field by being 'Mobile First'.
The companies recently partnered to upgrade Ryanair to the latest version of MobileIron, enabling access to new functionality that will help IT support more devices and an ever expanding library of mobile apps.
4,000 secure pilots’ iPads deployed resulting in 15 kg being removed from each cockpit. Equivalent to 10,000,000, pages of paper eliminated.