Airbus and China's Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) are set to collaborate on a project aimed at modernising the country's air traffic management system.
As part of the plan, the two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement latest Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies in the country.
Signed under the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the agreement aims to improve air transportation, capacity and efficiency, thereby helping in achieving sustainable future and improving China's ATM, globally and regionally.
Airbus China president Eric Chen said that ATM modernisation is key to making air transportation more efficient.
"It is also key to help aviation grow capacity efficiently. China is set to become the largest domestic civil aviation market in the world," Chen added.
In 2013, four new projects will commence within the MOU framework, including Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM), Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), Chengdu Airport capacity assessment and RNP AR to ILS implementation, Instrument Landing Systems at Beijing Capital Airport performance improvement.
CAAC ATMB director general Wang Liya said that the four new projects now pave the way for a broader cooperation between China and Airbus in the future.
"The implementation of new ATM technologies is the key driver for the modernisation of the ATM system in China.
"The cooperation will help us draw on the experience of other regions to develop our future ATM systems, which will be more integrated with global systems," Wang said.
Airbus 'ProSky', the ATM subsidiary of Airbus, will implement the latest ATM technologies and services under the project.
Globally, it is estimated that 8% of the aviation fuel is wasted due to inefficiencies in ATM.
ATM modernisation is expected to generate huge environmental benefits such as savings of some 13 billion litres of fuel annually, a reduction in CO2 emissions, and nearly four million hours of delays.
Image: Airbus and China have signed an MoU to implement latest Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies in the country. Photo: courtesy of Suzanne T.