AirAsia X installs Class III EFB on A340s

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Malaysia's AirAsia X has installed electronic flight bags (EFB) provided by Singapore-based firm Flight Focus on its Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

Flight Focus says that its Advanced Mission Display System (AMDS) is the world's first fully-integrated Class III EFB solution, and helps deliver comprehensive flight information that is updated during all stages of the flight through secure global Iridium satellite communications.

It adds that the system allows AirAsia X entry into the collaborative decision-making (CDM) system, which involves rapid communication between the flight crew, the airline's operations centre, air traffic control, and supporting services at airports.

"The AMDS provides the flight crew with a technically advanced cockpit device, customised around AirAsia X's operational and safety requirements. The AMDS is designed with an underlying philosophy of providing the flight crew with the right information at the right time through an intuitive user interface, strengthening the safety and efficiencies of our operations," says Azhanudin Shah Azman, AirAsia X's head of flight operations. The airline also plans to install the system on its Airbus A330 aircraft.

AirAsia X is a long-haul low-cost airline based out of Kuala Lumpur, and is an affiliate of Malaysia's short-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia.