In a strategic move to enhance its flight operations, Uzbekistan Airways has opted to implement SITA Mission Watch, a cutting-edge flight tracking tool designed to boost agility and efficiency. This initiative is expected to result in annual savings exceeding US$600,000 in weather-related incident avoidance and a reduction of 300 tons of fuel.
SITA Mission Watch, utilized by dispatchers and operational teams, integrates real-time aircraft positions with crucial weather information. Notably, its best-in-class weather feed offers multi-source forecasts, enhancing reliability and accuracy for flight planning and disruption management. This integrated intelligence enables dispatchers to proactively navigate changing conditions, ensuring flights reach their destinations safely and punctually while minimizing weather-related disruption costs.
With weather events being a leading cause of flight delays, costing the industry approximately US$1 billion annually, airlines are increasingly turning to digital solutions. These solutions integrate diverse operational information sources to better manage disruptions like weather hazards and enhance overall agility.
Accurate weather information can significantly improve contingency fuel management, leading to substantial fuel savings. For instance, an airline with 20 jet aircraft can save around 150 tons of fuel annually by utilizing SITA Mission Watch.
Shukhrat Khudaykulov, CEO of Uzbekistan Airways, stated, “We turned to SITA for their expertise in delivering reliable digital solutions for our industry. SITA Mission Watch will be a key operational tool for our flight dispatchers to support from a flight planning and safety perspective, including the ability to adapt when faced with disruptions like changing weather.”
Ann Cabaret, CEO of SITA FOR AIRCRAFT, emphasized the cost-saving benefits of digital solutions, stating, “Inefficiencies – such as missed on-time performance due to weather disruptions – cost airlines money in fuel, compensation, repairs, etc. Our applications are designed to help airlines to stay ahead and improve aircraft safety and operational efficiency.”