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China Southern Airlines recently completed
validation flights at Lhasa Gonggar
Airport in China for tailored performance-
based navigation (PBN) procedures.
Lhasa Gonggar, located in the Himalayan
Mountains, is one of the world’s highest and
most challenging airports, at an elevation of
China Southern had already become the
first airline in the world to validate PBN
required navigation performance (RNP)
procedures in a widebody aircraft at Lhasa
when it validated RNP flights in its Airbus
A330s earlier this year. The RNP procedures
allow the airline to conduct fuel-efficient,
all-weather arrival and departures at the
airport. Without RNP, the airport is only
accessible in favourable weather during
The RNP procedures were designed by
navigation specialist Naverus, which has
developed RNP procedures for a number of
airports in the region, including in Australia,
China and New Zealand.
PBN allows aircraft to fly precisely-defined
paths without relying on ground-based
radio navigation signals.
tests at Lhasa
NEWS IN BRIEF
KUALA LUMPUR Inter national Airport recorded
a 7.8 percent increase in passenger numbers
last year to 29.7 million. Inter national traffic
grew 8.6 percent to 19.7 million travellers
while domestic traffic climbed 6.3 percent to
THALES AUSTRALIA has won a contract to
supply two approach radar systems at Taiwan’s
Kaohsiung and Magong airports. The systems
will be fully installed by January 2012. The
contract includes one primary STAR 2000
radar and a monopulse secondary surveillance
radar in Kaohsiung, with another monopulse
secondary surveillance radar in Magong.
Taiwan is a long-term customer of Thales,
already operating its Eurocat-X air traffic
management system, ATS message handling
system, aeronautical information service system
and various navigational aids.
AUCKLAND Inter national Airport is looking to
raise NZ126.4 million (US$88 million) through a
share offering. The offer will fund its acquisition
of Australian airports Cair ns and Mackay.
PASSENGER traffic at Sydney Airport rose 5.9
percent to 3 million passengers in the month of
January compared with the same month a year
ago. Domestic traffic climbed 2.7 percent to
1.9 million, while international traffic rose 11.5
percent to 1.1 million.
Low-cost carrier Jetstar has signed a three-year
agreement with Changi Airport Group (CAG) to
make Singapore’s main airport its largest hub in
The low-cost carrier has been considering an
Asian hub for a number of years, with Bangkok
and Ho Chi Minh also evaluated.
Under the agreement, the Jetstar Group
– c o mprising the Australia-based carrier and
Singapore-based Jetstar Asia/Valuair – has
committed to operate its highest number of
services and base its largest number of Airbus
A320-family narrowbody jetliners in Asia at
The move will see the group increase
frequencies, offer more destinations from
Singapore and base more aircraft at the
airport. The agreement also commits Jetstar to
launching long-haul services out of Singapore
using widebody A330-200s to destinations in
Asia and beyond – including Europe.
Jetstar furthermore aims to increase the
percentage of transit and transfer traffic
In return, CAG will help Jetstar reduce its
operating costs at the airport and provide
additional incentives for launching services to
cities currently not connected to Changi. The
airport authority will work closely with Jetstar to
explore new route opportunities. CAG will also
make operational improvements, including in-
ground operations and early check-in, it says.
Jetstar already operates 408 flights each
week to and from Changi, covering 23
destinations. The move is likely to further
intensify competition between Jetstar and
Singapore Airlines-backed Tiger Airways.
The agreement with Changi follows a
strategic alliance signed earlier this year
between Jetstar and Malaysia-based low-cost
Jetstar commits to Changi as Asian hub
Airports in the Asia-Pacific region
have dominated the Airports Council
International (ACI) service quality awards.
The top five performers in 2009,
according to the ACI Airport Service
Quality (ASQ) passenger survey, were
Seoul’s Incheon International Airport,
Singapore Changi Airport, Hong Kong
International Airport, Beijing Capital
International Airport and Hyderabad Rajiv
Ghandi International Airport.
ASQ is an industry benchmarking tool,
designed to help airports measure their
performance improvements from year to
year and compare themselves with peers
around the world, ACI says. Incheon has
taken the top spot for five years in a row.
The most-improved airport for the Asia-
Pacific region was New Delhi.
Ten factors identified as essential for
high customer service ratings are, in
order of importance: airport ambience,
cleanliness of the terminal, comfort
standards in waiting areas, availability and
cleanliness of washrooms, courtesy and
helpfulness of staff, business lounges,
ease of making connections, passengers’
experience of passport/ID inspection and
good shopping facilities.
dominate ACI awards
Changi Airport will work with Jetstar
to explore new route opportunities.
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