easyJet teams up with RTX to enhance operations

Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, is teaming up with low-cost carrier easyJet to activate GlobalConnect connected aircraft services on more than 330 Airbus aircraft in its fleet.

easyJet will become the largest A320 operator in the world to deploy GlobalConnect. This new capability enhances safety oversight, pilot training and operational efficiencies.  

The Collins GlobalConnect solution enables the already-installed Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger system (FOMAX), jointly developed with Airbus, to provide easyJet with valuable insights into its fleet operations, enabling proactive decision-making and more efficient airline operations.  

The adoption of this data exchange and analytics capability also brings the potential to simplify the avionics architecture, leading to further fuel efficiency gains through the gradual removal of Quick Access Recorders.

easyJet projects that cutting this additional weight could save up to 500 tonnes of carbon per year when rolled out fleet-wide.  

Jane Ashton, director of sustainability at easyJet, said: “We are constantly seeking innovative solutions that enable our aircraft to be more connected. Collins’ GlobalConnect is one of the many initiatives we will use to drive operational efficiencies across our fleet and to help reduce our emissions.”  

Jen Schopfer, president of Connected Aviation Solutions at Collins Aerospace, added: “The FOMAX system in conjunction with GlobalConnect is designed to empower airlines with comprehensive data-driven insights, allowing them to enhance their operations and passenger experience.”

GlobalConnect services will be progressively activated across easyJet’s fleet in the coming months, starting before the end of the year.

Collins Aerospace said this partnership marks a significant milestone in easyJet’s digital transformation journey and underscores the airline’s dedication to embracing cutting-edge technologies that benefit its passengers and the environment.