Airbus and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding in an effort to enable a sustainable growth in air transport.
Both partners aim to develop a mutual understanding on new air traffic management (ATM) concepts and operations as defined in the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan. Airbus and COMAC said they will share best practices and identify improvements required by current ATM technology roadmaps both onboard the aircraft and on the ground to foster safer, more efficient and sustainable air traffic operations.
According to Airbus, standardized and interoperable air traffic management “will make flights more efficient. Passengers will enjoy shorter traveling time thanks to optimized take-off, landing and taxiing procedures while emissions will be significantly reduced. Lower levels of noise will also benefit people living near to airports.”
COMAC president He Dongfeng said, “Environmental protection, aircraft safety and a seamless cooperation between industry players are important factors in promoting a sustainable aviation industry. We will strengthen the cooperation with Airbus in areas like global interoperability, sustainability and aircraft safety, deepen the understanding of the world’s latest concepts and operations, best practices and methodologies. Through collaboration, both companies will jointly contribute to the long-term sustainable development of the aviation industry.”
As the scope of the cooperation expands, further projects will be launched.