(11 July 2021)
Qatar Airways has become the first airline in the
Middle East to join the IATA Turbulence Aware platform.
IATA’s Turbulence Aware helps airlines mitigate
the impact of turbulence, a leading cause of passenger and crew
injuries and higher fuel costs each year, by pooling and sharing
anonymized turbulence data from multiple participating airlines
and thousands of daily flights.
The real-time information enables pilots and
dispatchers to choose optimal flight paths, avoiding turbulence
and flying at optimum levels to maximize fuel efficiency and
thereby reduce CO2 emissions.
Qatar Airways was the first Middle Eastern airline
to participate in the Turbulence Aware initiative when it was
launched as a pilot project in December 2018. Turbulence Aware has
since expanded into a fully operational platform with over 1,500
reporting aircraft sharing real-time turbulence data.
With this latest development, Qatar Airways has
equipped 120 aircraft with the Turbulence Aware platform, with
plans to expand to the rest of its fleet.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “With safety and
environmental sustainability as our top priority, we show our
commitment towards responsible flying. We continue to innovate as
one of the world’s leading airlines by adopting this new solution
that combines technology and big data for more efficient flight
planning not only to ensure a smooth journey, but also to reduce
fuel burn, in turn lowering our carbon emissions. To make flying
safer and more sustainable, the airline industry must leverage
such digital innovations, and work together to share turbulence
data for more precise forecasting.”
The challenge of managing turbulence is expected
to grow as climate change continues to impact weather patterns.
This has implications for both safety and efficiency of flight.
Turbulence Aware is a significant improvement in turbulence
reporting and avoiding excess fuel consumption.
IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh, said, “We
welcome this major commitment from Qatar Airways in becoming the
first Middle East airline to join the Turbulence Aware program.
This will significantly increase the coverage area for this
important safety and operational initiative, providing real-time
turbulence information not only to Qatar Airways aircrew, but to
all the other participating airlines. Qatar Airways has a long
history of working with IATA and supporting us on multiple
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