Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has completed installation of over 4,000 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) tags throughout its entire fleet of 15 aircraft. One of the first of the Oceanian airlines to utilise RFID, Fiji Airways has taken a keen interest in being an early adopter of customer-centric tech since rebranding in 2013.
Fiji Airways is integrating RFID to improve in-cabin inspections for onboard emergency equipment such as life vests, life rafts, oxygen bottles, fire extinguishers, extension seat belts, earmuffs, flashlights, survival kits as well as oxygen generators across the A330, B737, ATR, and Twin Otter fleet.
Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways’ Managing Director and CEO stated, “As an airline, we seek to innovate and to pass that on to our customers. By utilising EAM’s RFID technology, we can inspect hundreds of items on each plane within minutes, enhancing internal efficiencies and decreasing ground time. These enhancements allow us to continue our relentless focus on safety and operational excellence. EAM RFID Solutions is a natural fit for our needs in this regard.”
The Dubai office of EAM RFID Solutions, a division of EAM Worldwide, is leading the Fiji Airways implementation.
“Fiji Airways has been an existing client of EAM Worldwide’s safety and survival equipment for years, so we are able to work closely to create a tailor-made solution based on their requirements and procedures,” stated Marco Andreacchio, Senior Project Manager at EAM RFID Solutions.
Fiji Airways has been using EAM Worldwide life vests for over 10 years. EAM Worldwide is one of the first to embed RFID tags, leading the market with in-vest implementation since 2009.
To continue with the RFID program, Fiji Airways and EAM RFID Solutions intend to deploy a wider Cyber Physical System (CPS) by tagging other items (including seat covers) and seeking to advance opportunities with additional system integration with Engineering maintenance system AMOS.
About Fiji Airways
Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 69 destinations in 15 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1300 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit www.fijiairways.com for more information.
About EAM RFID Solutions
EAM RFID Solutions is one of the world’s leading RFID solution providers for airlines, aircraft operators, and MRO facilities. EAM RFID Solutions (a division of EAM Worldwide) offers an affordable end-to-end suite of software and business solutions specifically designed for tracking aircraft parts across the aviation supply chain.
With a feature-rich web platform, EAM RFID Solutions’ application boasts a flexible, dynamic, and user-friendly experience. EAM RFID Solutions has a customized approach to each client, which is underpinned by all-inclusive support, training, and a continuous improvement ethos.