American readies for two-month NextGen trials

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American Airlines on 11 June plans to launch a two-month trial of next generation (NextGen) air traffic management technologies on its transatlantic route from Charles De Gaulle to Miami.

The tests are part of American's involvement the in Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (Aire), a joint initiative among several global airlines, the European Commission and FAA. Aire's mission is to accelerate the use of new technologies and operational procedures to cut noise pollution and carbon emissions and conserve fuel.

On the 11 June flight American plans to use single-engine taxi on departure and arrival, continuous climb out and descent, optimised routing over water and a tailored arrival.

FAA, the EC and American plan to conduct post-flight data analysis with American calculating the carbon and fuel savings gained on the demonstration flight.

American says it has "the equipment and flight crew training to let the airline immediately implement these types of procedures and quickly start realizing the environmental benefits".