Airbus said Air New Zealand became the first airline to seek certification for its A320s to carry out approach procedures using required navigation performance standards. ANZ is working with Airbus and Seattle-based Naverus to gain a special CAA approval to operate its A320s using RNP rather than visual approaches below existing VOR/DME minima down to 270 ft. AGL at Queenstown. At present, aircraft inbound for Queenstown cannot descend below 3,000 ft. (900 m.) unless visual conditions prevail.

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