Caeli Nova, the UK-Swiss breathing technology company, has won a Crystal Cabin Award for its emergency oxygen system.

The “Cordillera” equipment, which is designed for both commercial and military passenger aircraft, the potential to save the aviation industry over $500 million and 1.2 million tonnes of CO2­ emissions annually by opening direct routes over high-terrain and reducing reserve fuel on ETOPS routes, Caeli Nova said.

Shallower descent profile

One benefit of Cordillera is that it enables a shallower descent profile to the emergency decompression diversion altitude. As a result, the operational flight crew have more time for decision making and management of the emergency situation.

It also opens up more efficient flight paths over high terrain which cannot be accessed by older oxygen systems due to their limited duration. So a carrier seeking to fly from Delhi to San Francisco whilst avoiding the route through the now-closed Russian airspace, could seek to fly south of Russia instead. Using Cordillera would allow the airline to access the direct B213 airway from India toward the Pacific Ocean, helping to minimise the length of the alternative route taken.

Reducing reserve fuel

Commenting after the system received an accolade in the Cabin Systems category at the Crystal Cabin Awards on Tuesday, Tim Wakeford, CEO of Caeli Nova, said: “Cordillera was first publicly launched in April 2021 and to be able to announce that we’ve won a Crystal Cabin Award just 15 months later, is an amazing achievement for the whole team.

“Now more than ever, airlines are looking for innovative technology that can reduce their environmental impact and operational costs. With Cordillera, we can provide shorter routes over high terrain such as the Himalayas, Andes and Rockies and also help to reduce reserve fuel carried on ETOPS routes.

“Our passenger emergency oxygen system removes operational limitations by enabling aircraft to increase the duration they can fly at high altitudes after cabin decompression, from 22 minutes to more than 180 minutes.”

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