Qantas Airways will be the launch customer for the Boeing Onboard Performance Tool (OPT) for iPad.
The Australian carrier will deploy the iPad-based Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution on 130 of its Boeing aircraft in the fourth quarter. Qantas will be the first airline to use Boeing’s OPT application on an iPad aboard commercial aircraft.
OPT provides ideal speeds and engine settings along with the other standard applications provided by EFB solutions.
Boeing said Qantas will use OPT as a standalone EFB or as a backup to other Class 2 or 3 EFB applications.
"The mobile OPT is the latest of our industry-leading airplane applications, part of our Digital Airline solutions suite. It was developed to give our customers a marketplace advantage as they serve theircustomers and run the most efficient operations possible," said Per Noren, vice president of information services at Boeing. "Boeing has a unique portfolio of digital solutions and we're rapidly expanding it, making use of our existing and new, innovative technologies."
The OPT application is currently used by more than 120customers, and Boeing has received more interest recently for their new iPad-based version of OPT.
"The Boeing mobile OPT is very well aligned with our flight deck mobile strategy. We especially appreciate the OPT's remarkable flexibility, which allows us to define unique policies and configurations to suit our needs,” said Capt. David Oliver, head of flight technical for Qantas.