Who are we?

Lead aviation into the digital age

NAVBLUE is a services company, wholly owned by Airbus, dedicated to Flight Operations & Air Traffic Management Solutions.

Through digital & collaborative innovation, our passionate & customer-focused team develops solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of air transport. Over the last years, Airbus has been supportive of various initiatives such as Going Digital, Performance Based Navigation services, Air Traffic Management modernization programs (SESAR & NextGen), FlySmart on iOS and other digital projects related to new aircraft technologies; the launch of NAVBLUE was therefore a natural step to further develop its Flight Operations and Air Traffic Management portfolio.

Fueled by the agility of Airbus ProSky and Navtech (acquired in 2016), and the pioneering spirit of Airbus, NAVBLUE was created in July 2016 with one mission: lead aviation into the digital age.

History

  • 1987

    After Ray and Dorothy English create Navtech, Dorothy goes on to develop the first computerised flight plan software on a TRS-80 personal computer.

  • 1993

    Navtech buys Compuflight and increases flight planning market share.

  • 1998

    Navtech acquires the Weather Service division of Global Weather Dynamics, Inc. and widens its portfolio.

  • 2001

    Navtech acquires Airware Solutions, Inc. and enters the Crew Planning market, providing the industry’s leading Preferential Bidding Solution.

  • 2005

    Navtech acquires European Aeronautical Group, a group founded by Scandinavian Airlines, British Airways and a number of avionics manufacturers.

  • 2008

    Navtech becomes one of the top three world leaders in the field, delivering Flight Planning, Charts, EFB, Crew Planning, and Aircraft Performance Solutions.

  • 2009

    Airbus creates Quovadis, a dedicated subsidiary to develop Performance based Navigation services.

  • 2011

    Airbus creates Airbus ProSky to improve the overall performance of Air Traffic Management.

  • 2012

    Quovadis is merged into Airbus ProSky.

  • 2014

    Airbus launches “LUCEM” as part of its Bizlab initiative: its objective is to start producing high quality data for new cockpit needs such as the airport mapping database.

  • 2016

    Airbus acquires Navtech and decides to merge it with Airbus LUCEM and Airbus ProSky to create NAVBLUE.

The highest quality standards

Committed to air transport safety and performance, NAVBLUE never compromises on the quality of its solutions.

NAVBLUE globally follows the standards set out in the EN/AS 9100 (ISO 9001) standard and ED-76 (DO-200) and holds an AS9100 certificate at all sites. All levels of management undergo review on a regular basis, inspiring them to provide customers with solutions that deliver on their promises.

NAVBLUE’s Quality Team is led by Erin Appleby, Vice President Transformation, Quality and Performance. For more information, contact the NAVBLUE Quality team quality@navblue.aero.

NAVBLUE has EASA DAT certification (also acknowledged by the FAA in North America) for Type 1 Navigation Databases and for Type 1 and Type 2 Airport Database (including Runway Database).

Reaching for greener skies

NAVBLUE, in line with Airbus Group policy, considers the environmental factor as a key contributor to success and is working to build a sustainable future.

Products are designed with the environment in mind, and NAVBLUE’s core business is fully committed to a greener future in air transport. Solutions and software that improve flight operation fluidity and efficiency highly contribute to reducing fuel consumption and noise; encouraging air transport operators to go digital helps to reduce paper usage and save trees.

NAVBLUE itself is committed to minimising its carbon footprint both in terms of work organisation and across all of its processes.

Management Team

Fabrice Hamel

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Fabrice has 28 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. He started as an avionics engineer contributing to design the pioneering fly-by-wire Airbus cockpits. Being close to the customers and responding to their needs being key drivers for him, he was later responsible for Airbus Customer Support in Asia, before moving on as Head Airbus Training Services.
Developing innovative solutions that bring value, safety and quality are his main business priorities, just like NAVBLUE. Reach for the skies.

Kevin Ficco

VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL SALES

Kevin has served as Navtech’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing since January 2013, and is now NAVBLUE’s Vice President, Global Sales. He is responsible for NAVBLUE’s worldwide sales strategy and manages the global sales force.
Kevin has many years of experience in the travel technology and aviation industries (Travelport, Worldspan, Delta Airlines, etc.), as well as in global sales and international business strategy.

Justin Neale

VICE PRESIDENT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Leading the NAVBLUE Customer Experience team, Justin is responsible for the global support of NAVBLUE Products & Services as well as the new NAVBLUE Academy capability that is bringing industry leading eLearning and product documentation to NAVBLUE Customers. Justin has over 20 years experience in IT and aviation, joining NAVBLUE in September 2017 from SITA.

Sean Doherty

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Sean was appointed CFO of Navtech, now NAVBLUE, in March 2014. He has served as Vice President of Finance since May 2010 and as Director Finance & Corporate Controller since September 2007.
Sean has 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting.

Erin Appleby

VICE PRESIDENT TRANSFORMATION, PERFORMANCE & QUALITY

As Vice President, Transformation, Performance & Quality, Erin is responsible for global financial planning, forecasting, budgeting and legal contracts, as well as all efforts to maintain NAVBLUE's quality standards. She joined Navtech in March 2008, serving as Vice President, Business Planning & Quality since August 2013.
Erin is a Black Belt certified Six Sigma Expert.

Pierre-Gilles Gour

HEAD OF LEGAL, ETHICS & COMPLIANCE

Pierre-Gilles was appointed NAVBLUE’s Head of Legal, Ethics and Compliance in March 2016.
He is a seasoned professional, having practiced in a multinational law firm before joining Airbus Group. He has more than 10 years of legal practice experience in the aerospace industry.

Mike Yeo

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Mike has built his entire career with Navtech, starting as a co-op student in August 1998. He has progressively taken on more responsibility over the years, landing the Vice President, Technology role in July 2009. Today, he serves as NAVBLUE’s Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the development of NAVBLUE’s applications and systems. He also serves as a leader to the Technology Group, working with Client Services and Information Technology.

Pierre Madrange

VICE PRESIDENT ON-BOARD+

Pierre started his career in the French Air Force as a fighter pilot flying Mirage 2000. He held a number of key executive positions as an operational pilot and a staff officer in the field of flight operations and flight safety.
He then transferred to the private sector as Chief Operations Officer and Director of Flight Operations for XL Airways France, a long haul low-cost airline operating A330 mainly to the Caribbean and to the US. His previous position was managing Director of SR Technics France.

Shawn Mechelke

VICE PRESIDENT N-OPS CONTROL CENTER

Shawn joined Navtech in February 2015 as VP, SaaS Products and Business Development. He is now responsible for leading the production and delivery of exceptional NAVBLUE N-OCC products and services that customers can use to enhance their operations. Shawn is passionate about aviation and has considerable industry experience (ATA Airlines, Flight Explorer, Sabre, Schneider Electric…). He has obtained his FAA commercial pilot license with instrument rating and is also an FAA licensed aircraft dispatcher.

Thomas Lagaillarde

VICE PRESIDENT GROUND SOLUTIONS

Thomas had been developing new businesses for Thales and Airbus for more than 12 years before his appointment as Vice President, Bespoke Solutions by NAVBLUE.
He founded an internet start-up while still a student, and has since led projects around integrated Electronic Flight Bag operations, pilot training and runway safety systems with that same entrepreneurial spirit. His credo: customer value creation.

High-profile partners for higher-value products

As a global provider of flight operations solutions, NAVBLUE has formed partnerships with aircraft manufacturers such as BAE and Fokker, adding to its existing partnership with Airbus. NAVBLUE’s goal is to reach out to the entire market and develop software, charts and data customised to companies operating any type of aircraft.

Strong ties with AIRBUS Defence and Space Intelligence leverage a unique expertise in our products and services thanks to high quality satellite datasets.

A wholly owned Airbus subsidiary

NAVBLUE belongs to the Airbus family. As such, the company benefits from Airbus expertise and resources, enjoying access to the in-depth expertise of an aircraft manufacturer. This allows NAVBLUE to provide reliable, accurate and efficient air transport solutions.

NAVBLUE will continue to draw inspiration from Airbus’ pioneering spirit and its rich heritage of innovation and disruptive projects. Navtech’s agility and proven experience in product innovation, along with the global reach of Airbus, will ensure NAVBLUE stays ahead of the curve when it comes to rapid change in technology, regulation compliance and industry trends.

 

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