The economic impact of efficient fuel management is huge. Fuel is the largest, or one of the largest, cost factors in an airline. Depending on the airline, fuel costs represent 20% - 40% of the total costs of an airline. IATA states that an airline having a successful fuel savings program can reduce its fuel costs by 3% to 5%.
The fuel conservation solution from Honeywell provides a full range of data analysis, reporting, and monitoring tools to help airlines achieve these savings.
Fuel efficiency improvement program
According to IATA (“Guidance Material and Best Practices for Fuel and Environmental Management”) the following is required to minimize overall operational costs such as fuel costs, delay costs, maintenance costs, etc:
- Effective communication
- Efficient procedures
- Adequate training
- Proactive management of each flight
- Continuous monitoring of each flight
- Coordinated situational awareness on every flight
Fuel savings initiatives can only be successful if the communication with the various stakeholders can rely on accurate data. If the fuel efficiency data is not accurate, stakeholders will be reluctant to cooperate, and the whole fuel efficiency program will be jeopardized.
Honeywell provides various tools to communicate effectively and accurately with the stakeholders. The communication can be tailored to the needs of the recipients. For example, a CEO can see the overall savings of the company, a head of department can see how the initiatives in the department are progressing, and a pilot can see his data compared to his peers.
Measure to manage
The well-known management adage: “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” is of particular relevance for fuel efficiency improvement programs. An airline can only improve if it is clear which initiatives are making progress and which are not. It is crucial to know day-by-day and flight-by-flight, whether the initiatives are really carried out. The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software keeps track of the actual and planned data for each and every flight, and every flight can be thoroughly analyzed and compared with the target values to be achieved.
GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software
The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software contains the four parts: Data collection, Data quality assurance, Analysis and Communication.
Overview of GoDirect Fuel Efficiency
GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software: Dashboard showing part of crew fuel briefing
Typically, all data required for the fuel efficiency improvement program is available somewhere in the different IT systems of an airline. The challenge is to identify in which IT system the data is stored and how to retrieve it. Data from the following IT systems can be used:
- Flight schedule system
- Flight planning system
- Load information/DCS
- Fuel accounting / inventory system
- Tech log and/or EFB
The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency data warehouse stores more than 1’000 parameters for each flight. Honeywell supports an airline in importing the required information from its various IT systems and even provides ready-made import adapters for several of the leading IT systems.
Data quality assurance
A crucial aspect for a fuel efficiency improvement program is to have high quality data. The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software achieves this by applying a broad set of validation and checkroutines, such as cross-checks, completeness checks, statistical checks, and gross-error checks.
GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software: Dashboard showing actual and target savings
GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software: Navigational data maps
GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software: Lateral profile analysis / SID detection
The analysis has two main purposes:
- Discover the fuel saving potential
- Monitor the progress of the fuel efficiency improvement program
The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software contains more than 100 ready-made reports allowing countless ways to compare, combine, and drill-down the data. If required, the reports can easily be extended according to the needs of an airline.
The various reports allow an airline to discover the areas having real fuel savings potential. The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software not only reveals the areas having savings potential, but is also able to quantify the potential fuel savings.
Once the improvement potential is identified and quantified, it is important to define concrete improvement initiatives. The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software supports specifying the targets and the time-frames for the implementation of the initiatives.
The software monitors the progress of the initiatives and shows all deviations. Each deviation can be analyzed to determine the reason for the deviation.
Honeywell provides easy to understand overview information including KPIs (key performance indicators) as well as very detailed information down to each and every flight.
A successful fuel efficiency improvement program requires substantial changes in an airline. This is only possible with commitment of the stakeholders, a well-organized change-management program, and effective communication.
The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software supports communication in various ways, such as:
- Bulletins and news
- Dashboards and online-reports
The communication can be tailored to the needs of the different stakeholders, and who has access to what information can easily be configured.