EDS Tunes SOA, Cloud for Continental Airlines Operations
EDS will combine SOA and cloud services to help Continental Airlines automate some flight operations and save money. The solution, to be delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS), will leverage EDS' Airline SOA platform.
"The EDS Flight Planning Services will allow us to take full advantage of our modern fleet capabilities, achieve significant fuel savings and increase our operational flexibility," said Continental's executive vice president of Operations Mark Moran, in a statement. Even from the cloud, EDS' SaaS solution will seamlessly integrate with all Continental's in-house flight operations services, he added.
"Effective flight planning will enable Continental to reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies," said Eric Harte, a vice president at EDS, a unit of HP. The EDS team will combine deep expertise in the airline industry and applications development to transform Continental's flight operations environment to optimize its cost per available seat mile."
EDS Flight Planning SaaS offering help dispatchers and pilots more quickly evaluate all the external factors that affect flight plans and react more quickly to changing environments using only a web browser. The system can calculate the best operational flight plans to take into consideration weather, navigational data, airport restrictions and even fuel consumption.
These ESD Flight Planning services are available as SaaS
Over the terms of the contract, EDS will deliver to Continental a suite of SOA-based SaaS services, the companies said. In addition to the current Flight Planning service, EDS is developing services for Air-to-Ground Messaging, Load Planning and Aircraft Movement.