(13 July 2021) SITA has acquired Safety Line S.A.S., a Paris-based start-up specializing in digital solutions for aviation safety and efficiency.
The acquisition comes as a logical follow-up to the commercial partnership signed between the two companies in September 2020, focused on helping airlines reduce their CO2 emissions with OptiFlight, a predictive in-flight fuel efficiency solution leveraging machine learning performance models for each aircraft to optimize all flight phases including climb-out, cruise and descent.
OptiFlight is already fully integrated with existing applications in SITA�s Digital Day of Operations portfolio, and current joint customers include Air France, Transavia Airlines, Aerologic and Condor.
On the ground, Safety Line�s AirsideWatch will allow SITA to expand its airports offering to airside operations, using surface movement radar data to better understand, analyze and optimize the ground traffic of aircraft between gates and runways with an aim to reduce unnecessary emissions.
With safety being a key pillar in aviation alongside efficiency, the acquisition also covers SafetyCube, a solution that enables aviation stakeholders to pro-actively manage their safety and compliance.
Key customers include large airports such as Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly or OEMs such as Airbus Helicopters, as well as airlines and ATM providers, all of which also compose SITA�s main customer base.
S�bastien Fabre, CEO of SITA for Aircraft, said, �We were impressed with the way Safety Line have been able to transform the research from their data science team into real-life applications thanks to innovation partnerships with strategic airline customers such as Transavia or Air France or airports such as Group ADP. Through our existing partnership, we have already delivered real value to our customers and this acquisition fits perfectly with SITA�s approach of partnering and co-innovating with our customers to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. We are excited to welcome the Safety Line team to SITA.�
Details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.