Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Lowest ever inflight delays recorded - down by 52%

Airways New Zealand media statement
For immediate release
7 August 2014

Lowest ever inflight delays recorded - down by 52%

New Zealand’s lowest ever inflight delays were recorded in the quarter of May, June and July 2014, down 52% on the same period from the previous two years.

Airways New Zealand’s deployment of a leading-edge integrated air traffic flow and arrival management system has resulted in the lowest inflight delay minutes ever recorded across New Zealand’s four largest airports.

The 52% decrease in inflight delay minutes was recorded for domestic and international flights into and out of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown – comparing the average 2,764 minutes of delay for May, June and July 2014 to the average monthly minutes from the same quarter in 2012 and 2013.

These results are a direct outcome of integrating Barco’s OSYRIS Arrival Manager (AMAN) tool into Airways’ Collaborative Flow Manager (CFM) system in April 2013, for arrivals into Auckland Airport, says Pauline Lamb, Chief Operating Officer at Airways.

“These excellent inflight delay reductions are evidence that this world-class system is delivering real savings to our airlines, both financial and environmental, without impacting on safety or service delivery,” Mrs Lamb says.

“We estimate that the Arrivals Manager system, aside from significantly reducing inflight delay, has reduced more than 1,770 tonnes of CO emissions for our customer airlines and saved them at least $735,000 in fuel since July 2013. CFM/AMAN, together with other technology and service improvements we’ve made, has saved our airlines more than 11 million kilograms of fuel in 2013-14 – this equates to about $15 million of fuel savings,” she adds.

The AMAN tool was integrated into Airways’ CFM solution to eliminate air traffic bottlenecks and holding patterns at Auckland Airport – one of Australasia’s busiest international airports. Airlines interact directly with the CFM system to prioritise their flights according to their own business needs – subject to available slots, runway capacity and trajectory predictions updated by the system in real time. At Auckland Airport, 35% of air traffic is international and 65% is domestic.

“Together with our airlines, we’re making big improvements in flow management and sequencing of flights into Auckland. The benefits are significantly lower carbon emissions, reduced fuel burn, and far fewer delays if compared alongside European measures,” Mrs Lamb says.

Inflight delay times into Auckland are measured for the full flight – wheels off the runway to wheels on the runway. Other air navigation service providers around the world have different measurements, such as only measuring delays against scheduled departure time, and taking little account of inflight holding.

-- Ends –


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news