FARNBOROUGH: GE supports Azul’s RNP AR approval

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General Electric is supporting Brazilian carrier Azul Airlines in its pursuit of required navigation performance authorization required (RNP AR) approval from the local regulator ANAC.

The airline wants to implement RNP AR on its Embraer 190 and 195 aircraft for operations at Rio de Janeiro's Santos Dumont airport. GE will also aid Azul in design and development of the technology for its fleet.

"The integration of RNP AR into our fleet of GPS-equipped Embraer aircraft will give us horizontal and vertical guidance to each runway, while improving our economic and ecological operations," says Flávio Costa, chief operating officer of Azul.

RNP AR improves airport accessibility and reduces costs for carriers by allowing continuous decent approaches.

ANAC approved RNP AR operations at Santos Dumont in May.