Airbus ATM subsidiary Airbus ProSky will set up a new office in Singapore in April to help support ATM modernization efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.
The decision to open the new regional office comes a year after Airbus ProSky signed a research collaboration agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to jointly develop a concept of operations for air traffic flow management (ATFM) based on collaborative decision making (CDM).
Airbus ProSky CEO Paul-Franck Bijou said: “Asia-Pacific is the world’s fastest-growing region for air travel. Opening a new office in Singapore is the next logical step toward fulfilling the commitment jointly started with CAAS and other air navigation services providers (ANSPs) for the modernization of air traffic management in the region.”
In Australia, deployment of ATFM and CDM with local ANSP Airservices Australia in 2012 helped shave five minutes off flight times between Melbourne and Sydney—the world’s fifth busiest city pair—in combination with reduced airborne holding resulting in fuel burn reduction.
Airbus ProSky has also led performance-based navigation (PBN) projects in such locations as Kathmandu (Nepal), Kochi (India), and Bandung (Indonesia), and organized a number of workshops and seminars on the topic. PBN involves a change from sensor-based navigation (using navigation beacons, waypoints, etc.) to more cost-effective solutions based on actual operational requirements.
Airbus ProSky believes that, on a worldwide scale, modernizing ATM systems will generate significant environmental benefits such as saving up to 13 billion liters of fuel per year, cutting 29 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, and saving 4 million hours of delay.