As the Asia-Pacific region – currently the world’s fastest-growing sector for air travel – continues to expand, Airbus is committed to delivering innovative and effective solutions to cope with the massive anticipated traffic increase and avoid congestion around airport hubs.
Leading this effort – which includes cooperation with such key stakeholders as civil aviation authorities, air navigation services, airports and airlines – is the company’s air traffic management (ATM) subsidiary, Airbus ProSky.
During the past several years, Airbus ProSky has been actively involved in many Asia-Pacific projects to enhance air traffic capacity. Further underscoring its support, the subsidiary is now opening a Singapore-based office to strengthen its relationships with the region.
This new office was announced at the 2014 Singapore Airshow, and follows a research collaboration agreement signed between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Airbus ProSky to jointly develop an operations concept for Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) based on Collaborative Decision Making (CDM).
Airbus ProSky already has led several Performance Based Navigation (PBN) projects in such Asia-Pacific locations as Kathmandu, Nepal, Kochi, India, and Bandung, Indonesia, while also organising many workshops and seminars on the topic. PBN involves a change from sensor-based navigation (using navigation beacons, waypoints, etc.) to solutions based on actual operational requirements that are the most cost-effective.
Australia is another country that has seen the advantages of collaboration with Airbus ProSky. Working with Australian air navigation service provider Airservices, the deployment of ATFM and CDM in 2012 increased flight efficiency, improved access to airports and lowered aircraft fuel consumption. Results of this deployment show a reduction of five minutes in flight time between Melbourne and Sydney – the world’s fifth busiest city pair – combined with reduced airborne holding that leads to less fuel burned by airliners flying the route.