New Airbus subsidiary QuoVadis has opened an office in Beijing, China to manage performance-based navigation (PBN) projects and sales for this region's rapidly growing aviation sector.
China is proving to be a strong, mature market for PBN - which is ideal for air traffic management in challenging environments. The country also has one of the most advanced roadmaps for implementing this technology.
Operational conditions at 38 of China's 160 airports have proven to be particularly challenging. Beijing - which handles some 1,400 take-offs and landings each day - has extremely high traffic density, while other Chinese airports are at elevations above 8,000 feet. The number of airports in China is expected to increase by as much as half in the coming years due to domestic and international demand.
QuoVadis was launched in July 2009 to support airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and authorities in performance-based navigation deployment, and to sell related services. The subsidiary has launched its own dedicated website - www.quovadisway.com
- aimed at potential and existing customers, as well as staff recruitment.
Last month, QuoVadis signed a memorandum of understanding with General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, paving the way for increased cooperation between these entities.
Globally ranked second in the world for air transport volumes, Chinese aviation grew at a rate of more than 17 per cent annually between 1978 and 2008, and is predicted to increase by 10 per cent each year over the next decade.