EasyJet will cut environmental and operational benefits as the first airline partner of Inmarsat and ESA Iris program

Landscaping technology optimizes airspace to reduce traffic congestion and accommodate future growth, while reducing airline delays, fuel burn and emissions

LONDON – (Business Wire) – EasyJet today was named the first airline partner of Inmarsat and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) groundbreaking iris program, which uses the latest generation of satellite technology to modernize air traffic management (ATM).

One of Europe’s leading airlines will play a central role in the Iris program, which enables real-time collaboration between pilots, air traffic controllers and airline operations centers through secure data links across broad bandwidth. This reduces delays, saves fuel and reduces the environmental impact for airlines.

Powered by Inmarsat’s award-winning Swiftbroadband-Safety (SB-S) connectivity platform, Iris enables new ATM features such as trajectory-based operation, which allows the aircraft to detect four dimensions (latitude, longitude, altitude and time). To avoid retaining the airline pattern, calculate the shortest available route and optimal altitude and benefit from continuous ascent and descent routes. The additional data link capabilities provided by SB-S will power many powerful on-board digital applications, such as AI Flight Profile Optimizer and real-time weather applications.

With the help of major air navigation service providers (ANSPs), easyJet will evaluate Iris’ conversion capability up to 11 Airbus A320neos, which are expected to start flying from November 2022.

The partnership is the culmination of years of work and over 50 million euros invested by ESA, Inmarsat and more than 30 partners to develop the Iris program. It supports Ezijet’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as part of the UN-backed ‘Race to Zero’ campaign, which had an interim goal of improving carbon emissions. 35% of carbon emissions by 2035.

Philip Carrett, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “We are pleased to have Inmarsat and ESA’s Iris program as a game-changer and EasyJet as our first airline partner. This is not only due to its pioneering commitment to innovation and reducing the environmental impact of aviation, but also to usher in an exciting new era that will help green aviation and reduce congestion time for passengers.

Hughes McConnell, Director of Airport Operations and Navigation at EasyJet, said: “Iris is paving the way for more efficient air traffic management, an important step for the aviation industry. The program has multiple benefits from helping us achieve our environmental goals by further reducing our carbon emissions to provide a better experience for our passengers. We are excited to be at the forefront of setting standards for the industry and we hope other airlines will learn from us. A

Elody Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said: “This innovation is the result of the great work of ESA, Inmarsat and more than 30 other companies in the aerospace sector and aviation. Its capabilities are screaming for solutions, and advanced satellite technology is the only way to prepare the sector for an advanced, green future. ”

The easyJet’s Airbus A320neos is equipped with a terminal manufacturer Cobham’s LCS (Light Cockpit Satcom) solution, fully integrated with the FOMAX (Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger) developed by Collins and Airbus.

Supporting the SESAR (Single European Sky’s ATM Research) master plan, Iris will enter full commercial and operational service in Europe next year. This will be the first communication service to benefit from pan-European certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Earlier this month, Inmarsat and ESA signed a new agreement to globalize the program. Iris Global will focus on the technology and certification needed to share Iris’ benefits in terms of fuel, CO2 and traffic savings with regions outside Europe. To accelerate the modernization of air traffic management, it will also adopt system-wide information management (SWIM) applications to facilitate the sharing of information such as operational status of airports, weather information, flight data and conditions of airspace limitations. Research on future capabilities to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles into European airspace will also be supported.

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About Inmarsat

Inmarsat provides state-of-the-art, innovative, advanced and exceptionally reliable worldwide mobile communications worldwide, by air, sea and land, enabling a new generation of commercial, government and mission-critical services. Inmarsat is managing the digitization of the marine industry to make operations more efficient and secure than ever before. He is driving a new era of in-flight passenger service for the aviation industry, ensuring that aircraft can fly with maximum efficiency and safety. Also, Enmarsat enables rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT In English) and encourages the next wave of world-changing technologies that will underpin connected society and help build a sustainable future. Currently, Inmarsat is developing the first multidimensional communication network of the future, ORCHESTRA.

In November 2021, Inmarsat and Viasat companies will create a new leader in global communications. The transaction is scheduled to close in the second half of 2022.

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About EasyJet

easyJet is Europe’s leading airline, offering a unique and winning combination of the best route networks connecting Europe’s major airports with great fares and friendly services. EasyJet flies Europe’s most popular route than any other airline and carries over 96 million passengers in 2019; More than 16 million are traveling for professional reasons. The airline has more than 300 aircraft on about 1,000 routes at more than 150 airports in 35 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within an hour’s drive of EasyJet Airport.

EasyJet’s goal is to become a corporate citizen, recruit people under local agreements in eight European countries, fully comply with national law and recognize their union. The airline supports several local charities and has a corporate partnership with UNICEF which has raised 14 14 million for the most at-risk children since its inception in 2012.

The airline takes sustainability seriously and is committed to achieving zero carbon emissions in flight by 2050. Working with partners including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Wright Electric, easyJet seeks to accelerate the development of zero-emission aircraft technology. Meanwhile, the airline offsets carbon emissions from fuels used on all its flights, at no extra cost to its customers, and only supports projects certified by the Gold Standard or the Verified Carbon Standard, an internationally recognized certification scheme. Also, EasyJet continues to renew its fleet, working efficiently and aiming to fill most of its seats.

EasyJet has DNA innovations: Since its launch more than 25 years ago, EasyJet has changed the way humans fly. Today, the airline is leading the industry in digital, web, technological and operational innovation to make travel easier and more affordable for its passengers. The airline has been named the UK’s most acclaimed company in the transport sector by 2020, retaining its top spot for the second year in a row. Study The most acclaimed company in Britain The oldest annual business reputation survey in the UK.

About ESA

European Space Agency (ESA) Europe’s gateway to space. ESA is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1975 with the goal of transforming Europe’s space capabilities and ensuring that space investment brings benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. For more information, please see esa.int.

The Department of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) supports the innovation to increase the competition of European industries in the global space market. It involves a wide range of activities ranging from products for the development of space technology, systems and telecommunications to the terrestrial application of space services. It calls for the involvement of a wide range of industrial, academic and institutional partners.

For more information, please visit our website https://artes.esa.int/

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