AAir Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) of nine northern European countries have entered into a commercial alliance, known as the Borealis Alliance, to reduce the cost and environmental impact of air travel while enhancing efficiency.
The new alliance includes ANSPs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the UK, who serve continent's major transatlantic airports and about 3.5 million flights each year, across 12.5 million square kilometres of airspace.
CEOs of the nine participating ANSPs said in a joint statement that the Borealis Alliance is a binding agreement to deliver efficiencies that the agencies cannot achieve on their own and through which they can share the expertise of member countries.
"We all face a common challenge to improve quality of service to our customers, implement greater standardisation of infrastructure and overall to do all we can to ensure we deliver value for money," they said.
"This also helps achieve Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) deployment, in service of Single European Sky (SES)."
According to National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the alliance will allow joint initiatives to enhance flight efficiency and reduce environmental impact, along with streamlining of operational / technical infrastructure and cost of services.
The alliance will also concentrate on strategic business support between the member ANSPs, seek economies of scale and run projects to be implemented on commercial basis.
In addition, the members will make effort to harmonise the region's functional airspace blocks (FABs) without involvement of the state or regulatory authorities.
"Its success depends on our ability to integrate joint activities across our individual business strategies and plans - and sharing control of joint activities with our partners," the statement added.
Borealis Alliance will operate for an initial proving period until end of 2013.
Image: Officials of nine north European ANSPs during the signing of Boealis alliance. Photo courtesy of: NATS.