Airbus deploys big data platform to build A350 XWB just right

Airbus will use the Spotfire Analytics platform from TIBCO. The A350 XWB family of planes promise to provide a "25 percent step-change in fuel efficiency compared to current long-range competitors", said Airbus. Contributing to this performance are the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines that power the A350 XWB family.

Over 70 percent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials, combining 53 percent of composite structures with titanium and advanced aluminum alloys. The software from TIBCO will help Airbus get the manufacturing processes right.

"Airbus will get the right information at the right time, and improve real-time decision making when it comes to analysing large quantities of data," said Sylvain Pavlowski, TIBCO vice president for EMEA for Spotfire business.

Earlier this month it was reported that Airbus had partnered with Dell to provide electronic flight bag (EFB) systems for A320 airliner operators worldwide.

An EFB is an electronic system for viewing and interacting with flight crew functions and replaces paper operating manuals, performance calculations, airport charts and navigation charts.

Dell laptops, which will adhere to regulatory standards, will be pre-loaded with the FlySmart system with Airbus software, and installed as Class-2 EFB equipment. The initial agreement covers Airbus’ single aisle aircraft, but may be extended in the future to cover other types.

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