Air BP now has its Airfield Automation digital technology live at 300 network locations across 28 countries on four continents, with Magdeburg City airport becoming the 300th location to implement the technology. Since launching in May 2018, over one million fuellings have been processed using Airfield Automation.
Designed to enhance safety and reliability in airport fuelling operations, Airfield Automation has been well received by operators who have reported increased speed, accuracy and efficiency in refuelling. For example, the time taken to get fuelling data into the system has been reduced by 95 per cent in Portugal, one of the first countries where rollout took place. Another example of the efficiency this brings to customers is that requests for copies of delivery tickets can be responded to immediately, usually without requiring action from the airport.
Air BP's Airfield Automation safe2go technology, deployed at over 125 of the locations, is a pioneer in the provision of an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfuelling. It consolidates the data related to airport fuelling operations and verifies fuelling requirements via an app on a handheld device in the fuelling vehicle.
Aircraft operators will also benefit from the rollout of new services recently added to the platform which give the opportunity to further enhance efficiency. These include the real-time two-way connection between flight crew and fuel operator during the aircraft turnaround at the airfield which trials have shown result in a 15 to 30 per cent reduction in the refuelling time. From receiving the preliminary order through to a revised final order, concluding with an electronic ticket sign off, the service provides instant visibility and more efficient refuelling operations.
VP of technical services Olivia Stone says: “This latest milestone marks more positive news for our customers. I am delighted that they will be able to benefit from the digitisation of our into-plane fuelling operations making the refuelling process safer, faster and more efficient.”
Sales and marketing VP Valerio Ferro adds: “Our latest innovation seamlessly connects pilot with operator, helping to unlock savings by increasing data accuracy, maximising efficiency and helping to reduce turnaround times. We're continuing to roll this innovative technology out in countries around the world.”
Air BP's Airfield Automation received the Excellence in Application Modernisation Award and the Product Innovation Award and was declared the Overall Winner at the 2020 UK Real IT Awards.