Air New Zealand has upgraded its ATR-operated
flights into and out of Queenstown with Required Navigation
Performance (RNP AR) technology.
In 2016, the airline entered into a partnership
with ATR to equip its 68-seat turboprop
fleet with RNP AR, technology that enables pilots to fly to lower
altitudes with a more precise and efficient route into the
airport. RNP AR saves fuel, cuts emissions and helps reduce the impact
of bad weather on services.
"While all aircraft were upgraded with the
necessary equipment last year, we have been working through a
programme of training with our pilots, with oversight from the
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In the past month we have reached
a major milestone with this project in receiving approval from the
CAA to proceed with full RNP AR operations into and out of
Queenstown," said Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and
Safety Officer Captain, David Morgan. "This is fantastic news for our customers. The
benefits of the technology mean that, even when the weather at
Queenstown Airport is poor, disruptions to ATR passenger services
are expected to be significantly reduced."
The airline has 27 ATR 72-600 aircraft in its
The airline's larger A320 aircraft, which also operate to
and from Queenstown, are already RNP AR enabled.
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