Qantas charts digital course

Qantas has finally moved to replace traditional, paper-based navigation systems with digital navigation charts throughout the airline.

The carrier will access Internet chart and data delivery services from aviation service provider and Boeing subsidiary, Jeppeson.

The service will initially be implemented by ground control teams, which will pave the way for Qantas to later use electronic charts on the flight deck.

Paper charts have been used since the early days of the industry, but in recent years carriers such as Virgin Blue have adopted electronic charting.

A Qantas spokesperson was unavailable for comment on why the airline trailled smaller rivals in using digital navigation.

Qantas CIO Fiona Balfour has previously said the company's IT division is undergoing a learning phase in how to gain more from external services.

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