Airbus has delivered the first FANS-C equipped A320 aircraft to easyJet.
This aircraft – and others that follow – will take part in the Airbus led project known as DIGITS (Demonstration of air traffic management improvements Generated by 4D Initial Trajectory Information Sharing) which will enable the sharing of an aircraft’s predicted trajectory data with air traffic control (ATC).
Airbus said FANS-C technology will enable airlines to optimise their aircraft’s trajectories, make traffic flows more fluid and aircraft speed easier to manage, which will help them to save fuel and reduce noise. In particular, the sharing of predicted trajectories with ATC controllers will enable smoother aircraft sequencing on approach and in the Terminal Manoeuvring Area.
Hugh McConnellogue, group head of network operations at easyJet said: “We are very pleased to be the first airline to receive this new FANS-C technology in our Airbus aircraft – and to try it for real in the SESAR [Single European Sky ATM Research] demonstration. Our early hands-on experience already indicates that it promises to be an important enabler to increase the efficiency, safety, and on-time performance of our expanding operations – especially in the congested European airspace.”
The seven airlines taking part in the DIGITS programme comprise Air France, British Airways, easyJet, Iberia, Novair, Thomas Cook and Wizz Air.