Boeing and subsidiary Jeppesen are working on a software upgrade for its electronic flight bag (EFB) which has encountered "teething problems" on trial with KLM, and plan to deliver the finalised package to Pakistan International Airlines to allow it to start using the system on newly delivered 777-200ERs.

"KLM is using the EFB during the six-month trial period and we expect to have the upgrade in place with them before the trial finishes in May," says Boeing. "PIA doesn't have a full software load yet, and they opted to wait for us to finish the upgrade for KLM as we work through these teething issues."

The upgrade will enhance the Type C software used in the EFB. This is the highest level of application software and can be used to depict the host aircraft's position on the ground and in the air.

Boeing meanwhile says a series of planned enhancements scheduled to be developed for the EFB remain on schedule despite the new round of corrective work. These include fault reporting and terminal charts due to be introduced within the next two months.

Malaysia Airlines will be the first carrier in the Asia-Pacific region to install the EFB, following a deal to equip two 777-200ERs on order.

Source: Flight International