GE Aviation is working with low-cost carrier AirAsia to deploy a network of ICAO required navigation performance authorisation required (RNP AR) flight paths in Malaysia.
Under the agreement, GE will design, deploy and maintain a network of precise RNP procedures to best utilise AirAsia's fleet of Airbus A320s. This includes implementing GE-designed ICAO 9905 compliant RNP AR approach paths at 15 airports in Malaysia.
Work is already underway at Kuching and Penang international airports.
"The highly-precise paths will improve operating efficiencies for AirAsia by reducing track miles and fuel burn while also providing aircraft with precise lateral and vertical arrival and missed approach guidance," says GE.
GE has since developed a roadmap for performance-based navigation (PBN) implementation and is working with Malaysia's department of civil aviation authority and AirAsia to develop the carrier's "regulatory approval to fly RNP" in the country.
GE will also help develop the education and training for flight crew, technical staff, dispatchers and air traffic controllers.
"This PBN programme will improve air traffic management at a network of commercial airports in Malaysia while ensuring our country meets ICAO PBN resolution in a timely manner," says Azharuddin Abd Rahman, Malaysia's director general of civil aviation.
RNP procedures can be designed to shorten the distance an aircraft has to fly en route and to reduce fuel burn, exhaust emissions and noise pollution.