May 22, 2024

British Airways introduces real-time weather apps

British Airways will become the first UK airline to roll out two next-generation weather apps.

The new technology, which is due to launch before the summer season, will allow pilots and flight planning teams to access real-time weather data. This will enable better planning and mitigation of the impact of weather on any intended flight route. 

Teams currently rely on manually produced weather reports that are generated earlier in the day. 

The first app will give pilots streamlined access to weather data from The Weather Company, offering comprehensive insights into weather conditions along flight paths both before departure and when aloft.

Additional updates will utilise onboard Wi-Fi connectivity.

BA’s Integrated Operations Control Centre will also have access to an app that will eventually work in conjunction with the new technology available to pilots.

René de Groot, Chief Operating Officer at British Airways, said: “It’s exciting that we’ll be the first UK airline to combine the technology of both apps, which will allow us to make even better operational decisions in the moment using real-time data. 

“These applications represent a step-change in the quality of weather information we receive, and, in the future, will enable pilots to collaborate in real-time during a flight with operational colleagues on the ground, allowing faster decision-making for a variety of issues like diversion planning and recovery.”