Faroe Islands' Atlantic to introduce RNP-AR with A319

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Faroe Islands flag carrier Atlantic Airways next year plans to introduce new navigation technology to its first Airbus A319 aircraft.

The airline has selected Quovadis, the Airbus subsidiary for flight operations consultancy services, to design what it claims will be "the first European RNP-AR (required navigation performance, authorisation required) approach procedures".

The system will enable the carrier "to make a safe approach in poor visibility" at its Vagar base, which can be affected by low cloud and turbulence in certain weather conditions, said Atlantic Airways CEO Magni Arge last week at the ERA General Assembly in Rome.

He added: "Although RNP-AR has been successfully introduced in other locations, such as Alaska and New Zealand, we are very proud to be the first airline in Europe to make use of this latest technology, which we believe has the potential to open up further commercial opportunities across the continent."

Atlantic Airways said its A319 will enter service in March 2012. The carrier also has an option for delivery of a second A319, it added.

The introduction of the new twinjet will follow the completion of work to extend Vágar's short runway.