Etihad Airways Implements eTech Logs



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Etihad Airways has implemented electronic
technical logs (eTech logs) for airline operations.

The implementation of Etihad’s Boeing 777
freighter fleet follows three months of trials in partnership with
the GCAA, where eTech logs replaced paper logbooks currently used
by flight crew and engineers to document all flight and
maintenance information.

Although modern aircraft are
technologically advanced, most airlines continue to use
paper-based logbooks. By replacing paper documentation, eTech logs
provide real-time data capture that can be shared with multiple
stakeholders, from the air to the ground – increasing operational
efficiency, reducing delays and costs.

 

H.E Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA
said: “The GCAA has approved Etihad to implement electronic
technical logs for their Boeing 777 freighters. This is a historic
achievement not just for Etihad but for the aviation industry in
the UAE. This initiative supports the GCAA’s vision for paperless
operations and we thank Etihad Airways for their pioneering
efforts.”

The eTech logs will contribute to Etihad’s
sustainability program aimed at reducing the carbon footprint
and impact of aviation on the environment through driving
sustainable practices across its operations. By replacing paper
documentation with electronic logs across Etihad’s freighter
fleet, an estimated 166 trees will be saved and approximately 6
metric tonnes of CO2 emissions will be reduced per annum.

Paul Kear, Senior Vice President Technical, Etihad
Airways, said, “Etihad Airways is proud to have partnered with the
GCAA to be the first airline in the UAE to use electronic
technical logs in our fleet. This initiative supports Etihad’s
innovation and sustainability goals, which are core values for

 the airline, Abu Dhabi, and the UAE. The digitalization of our
technical logs will go a long way towards enhancing the
operational efficiency and airworthiness of our fleet and this is
a monumental step forward for aviation in the UAE.”

Following implementation on the freighter fleet,
Etihad plans to implement eTech logs on the backbone of its fleet
– the Boeing 787 Dreamliners – and the rest of its passenger fleet
by 2021.

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