UK air traffic services provider NATS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan-based Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI) to collaborate on air traffic management (ATM) projects.
As part of the MoU, both agencies will collaborate on air traffic flow management in Japan and the Asia Pacific region, including projects to maximise capacity and streamline ground operations at several airports.
British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens said that the MoU will allow the nations to work together in providing modern flight management services to airport projects both in Japan and overseas.
"Civil aerospace is a sector that the UK Government attaches a great deal of importance to," Hitchens said.
"We hope that the signing of this memorandum will lead to a strong partnership between NATS and MRI and we wish them every success for the future expansion of their business."
MRI's ATM strategy covers both long and short-term projects in Japan, including demand forecasting and air traffic control optimisation.
MRI Solution Business Unit management executive officer Etsuo Isobe said that the collaboration with NATS is an ideal fit for MRI.
"It will help consolidate our domestic competitiveness, while a fusion of NATS' and MRI's knowledge and expertise will support further development in the wider Asia-Pacific region. This will be a wonderful partnership," Isobe said.
Operating in 30 countries across six continents, NATS has assisted in redesigning airspace in Singapore and Hong Kong, enhancing airspace capacity in Qatar and Spain.
Additionally, NATS also offers ATM services at 15 airports in the UK, serving 2.2 million flights through UK airspace in 2012.
Image: MRI Solution Business Unit management executive officer Etsuo Isobe, British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens and NATS CEO Richard Deakin during the signing of MoU. Photo: courtesy of NATS Limited.