Boeing Lends a Hand

US-BASED aerospace company Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding to assist leading Russian airports to increase efficiency and capacity.  The agreement, signed at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2011, will result in the company co-operating with the Basel Aero Company, operator of Sochi Airport, and Moscow State University’s geography and cartography departments.
The Boeing Flight Services Air Traffic Management group, and subsidiary Jeppesen, will work towards improving the safety and efficiency of Russian airspace by helping airports to analyse and optimise their ground operational plans and to introduce new procedures.
“The use of modern technology in air traffic management and air navigation will allow us to reduce the risk of poor weather closing our airports, update our ground operations and optimise airspace utilisation,” said Sergey Likharev, CEO of Basel Aero Company.  “In order to stay competitive and offer the best services to airlines and their passengers, especially ahead of such high-profile events as the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup, we need to work with the best experts to introduce proven and modern solutions.”
The initiative is similar to that which Boeing rolled out in South Africa prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and is expected to be completed in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.