Expands Market For China Eastern Airlines
On Tuesday, a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-700 completed a
flight into China's Lijiang Airport to validate the capability and
benefits of an advanced navigation method known as Required
Navigation Performance (RNP).
RNP uses global-positioning satellites and onboard
flight-management systems to guide airplanes along precise flight
paths with pinpoint accuracy. RNP flight procedures provide
operators a highly effective tool to enable safe and efficient
operations in challenging terrain and weather conditions, such as
those at Lijiang, in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.
Advanced arrival procedures like RNP will allow airlines to
significantly save on fuel and reduce flight delays by enabling
airplanes to fly the most direct route to the runway.
Boeing, Jeppesen, the Civil Aviation Administration of China
(CAAC), the US Federal Aviation Administration, and CEA have been
working together to expand new air traffic routes in China using
this sophisticated technology. The RNP arrival and departure
procedures for Lijiang were designed by Jeppesen, a wholly-owned
"RNP represents a larger effort to improve the efficiency,
capacity and environmental performance of the global air
transportation system," said Dan Mooney, vice president of
Regulatory Affairs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"I'm proud that Boeing and China continue to build on their long
history of working together for the advancement of aviation in the
region," Mooney added.
Previously, Boeing teamed with CAAC and Air China in 2004 in a
successful RNP demonstration at Lhasa Gongga Airport, with three
world firsts: the first 757 RNP flight, the first RNP flight at an
airport with an elevation over 11,000 feet; and the first RNP
flight in Asia.
Last year, Boeing in cooperation with China Eastern Airlines,
CAAC and the FAA completed a 737-700 RNP flight into Linzhi Airport