LAN Airlines has successfully operated Latin America's first continuously guided flight from takeoff to landing using performance-based navigation (PBN) technology on the Cusco-Lima route.
With the success of the demonstration flight, a formal trial of the technology will commence.
Called The Green Skies of Peru, the project is a collaborative effort among LAN, GE Aviation, Peru's air navigation service provider CORPAC and regulator DGAC.
GE Aviation said deploying a continuous PBN city pair flight path creates additional predictability and continuity throughout the entire flight, compared with a single PBN arrival or departure path, while solving operational challenges at the individual airports.
The GE-designed PBN departure, en-route, arrival and approach procedures will save participating airlines on average 19 track miles, 6.3 minutes, 450 pounds of fuel and 1,420 pounds of CO2 emissions per flight.
The paths will boost capacity at Lima's Jorge Chavez International airport, while it will help to reduce the carbon footprint at Cusco. LAN operates on the route 11-17 times a day, depending on the season.