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06-24-2012, 08:48 PM #1
IndiGo plane becomes first to land using fuel-saving technologySeeking to put in place a more secure and safe landing system and save fuel, IndiGo Airlines on Saturday conducted the first-ever required navigation performance (RNP) approach in regular airline operations while landing at Kochi their scheduled flight from Bengaluru.
IndiGo has collaborated with Quovadis, a subsidiary of Airbus, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to put in place a safe landing procedure at the Kochi International Airport.
IndiGo has become the first carrier in India authorised to implement this effective, fuel-saving practice. The Kochi International Airport is India’s seventh busiest airport, and equipped with one Instrument Landing System (ILS) on runway 27 and a VOR (both ground based installations) that are used for guidance for landing procedures on both ends of the runway.
The RNP procedure brings great benefits to both the authorities and the airline and enable accurate flight path on contained and secure trajectories; a shorter flight path, saving 75 Km on each approach, which is approximately 400 Kg of fuel saving per landing and a corresponding amount of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; freedom from dependence on conventional ground-based navigation installations by using on board systems and GPS and easier traffic management in non-radar environments....being a human...