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.

  • 2020

    NAVBLUE acquires Aviolinx and the RAIDO application to complete the N-Operations Control Centre Suite, and enhances its Flight Operations and Air Traffic Management Portfolio.

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 also holds a certificate granted by UKAS Management Systems for conforming to the Information Security Management System standard: ISO/IEC 27001:2013

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).

NAVBLUE is compliant with the requirements of the cyber essentials scheme and was awarded the certificate of assurance in July 2019.

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.

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.

Airbus Services

Flight Operations Support & Training

WOMEN IN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

At NAVBLUE, and more generally in Airbus, we are particularly committed to advancing women in the workplace and developing female talent. For instance, in 2015, Airbus launched a cross-divisional, cross-departmental and transnational employee resource group, Balance for Business, aiming to spur the recognition and development of female employees across the company by attracting, developing and retaining skilled women.

Taking a proactive approach, NAVBLUE is proud to obtain excellent results on the gender pay gap indicators established in France. We published the “France Gender Pay Gap Report”.

NAVBLUE & SKYWISE – A SHARED VISION WITH A COMMON AMBITION

NAVBLUE is working closely with Skywise, the leading open data platform for the aviation industry created by Airbus, to provide Skywise customers with innovative Flight Operations applications.

We share more than an ambition, our common approach, combined agility and innovative spirit enables us to be the natural Flight Ops provider on Skywise. Benefiting from clear synergies with Airbus in our ways of working and leveraging Skywise capabilities, our unique positioning allows us to develop one-of-a-kind solutions to meet the expectations of our Skywise customers.