How to optimize airline’s operations during COVID-19?
Operations during and past COVID-19 are and will be different than before. Many airlines will adopt their exiting flight schedules, change operating bases and aircraft allocation. From operations point of view, aircraft will be operated more frequently with lower load factors and weights. Turn-around times may increase due to various COVID related restrictions. While all these issues are challenging from commercial standpoint, from fuel saving standpoint they shall be considered as opportunities mainly in the following areas:
Better aircraft assignment. By knowing precisely present and forecasted aircraft deterioration, aircraft assignment process can be optimized. StorkJet monitors aircraft performance and can support airlines in the aircraft allocation process.
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Re-prioritization of the fuel efficiency initiatives. Based on QAR statistics StorkJet concludes that at present, but also likely in the future, airlines will observe less ATC restrictions due to lower traffic and will operate with lower payloads. Both factors are relevant from fuel saving potential in regard to the following initiatives:
- Altitude optimization & Continuous Descent Operations. Less ATC restrictions. This gives more opportunities to fly at optimum altitude and perform optimum descents.
- Cost Index recalculation. It is important to calculate dynamic Cost Index using latest fuel price, but also to review time related costs. Changes in aircraft leasing agreements, crew costs, maintenance costs – they all are subject to the new reality we are in during and after COVID 19.
- Single engine taxi. Lower weights give more opportunities to taxi with single engine and increases single engine taxi savings (aircraft is more over-powered).
- GPU usage. Longer turn-around times causes that cost balance between APU & GPU changes. Generally, longer turn-around times results in more savings from using GPU.
- Reduced Landing Flaps. Lower weights mean lower approach speed. This gives opportunities to more often perform reduced flap landing.
Airlines operate in a world full of big data. Without proper tools the potential standing behind it is still not uncovered. Storkjet’s FuelProTM enables airlines to process QAR/FDR data and analyze it in areas of over 30 fuel initiatives like flight speed & altitude optimization, single engine taxi, discretionary fuel, usage of reverser, reduced take-off & landing flaps, flight planning system statistics and much more.