New Zealand’s air navigation service provider (ANSP) Airways New Zealand has appointed French electronic systems company Thales to deliver automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network across the country.

The network will include 28 locations equipped with ADS-B ground stations in a bid to attain the required coverage and ensure operational excellence.

The project will help provide optimum air traffic surveillance in areas with limited radar coverage, which include Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, and much a larger part of the west coast of South Island.

Airways New Zealand chief operating officer Pauline Lamb said: “The network will provide a more detailed picture of our airspace than is currently possible with radar.”

The new programme will also help reduce carbon emissions across New Zealand.

"The network will provide a more detailed picture of our airspace than is currently possible with radar."

Thales has secured the contract from Airways New Zealand after an international tender and a series of trials.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Thales Air Traffic Management Activities vice-president Jean-Marc Alias said: “This selection by Airways New Zealand for their nationwide ADS-B network is a very important milestone for Thales.

“Airways New Zealand is one of the most efficient ANSPs in the world and being selected for such a comprehensive implementation of ADS-B technology underlines our leading role in this area.”

Airways New Zealand is responsible for monitoring air traffic across the country.

So far, the ANSP has reduced in-flight delays from three minutes to less than 23s, thereby saving NZD$16m ($11.36m) in airline fuel every year.