MEXICO CITY, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Volaris (NYSE :VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), the ultra-low cost airline operating the most extensive domestic route network servicing the Mexico, United States and Central America, selected Airbus ProSky, part of "Services by Airbus," to assist in deploying Performance Based Navigation (PBN) airspaces at Tijuana and Guadalajara International Airports.
The deployment of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) will be performed through a holistic approach - the design of the procedures along with specific tailored training are part of a National initiative driven, jointly, by the Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) of Mexico and Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM). This deployment is part of the Airbus initiative to actively promote the deployment of PBN procedures in the region for the benefit of the industry, which brings greater assurance to the safety equation and reduces flight crew workload.
The key success factor will be to involve all the stakeholders and start with the regulatory implementation requirements. To achieve this, a specific national workshop was held and opened to any operator interested in RNP operations. The deployment phase will be pursued through a collaborative process, taking into consideration both SENEAM Air Traffic Controllers and Volaris pilots design requirements.
The project also encompasses a tailored training for SENEAM Air Traffic Controllers in order to increase confidence and knowledge about mixing conventional and PBN traffic. The DGAC requires operators to deliver an operational approval dossier and qualify their pilots for RNP-AR operations. Airbus ProSky will support Volaris in defining and performing the training programme through a "train the trainer" plan.
Enrique Beltranena, Volaris Chief Executive Officer stated, "International airports like Tijuana and Guadalajara are facing major traffic growth, which requires the implementation of new airspaces based on the PBN concept in order to cope with the growth. The project will be managed in close collaboration with the DGAC of Mexico and SENEAM as having those entities working together with us guarantees that the programme will be a great success not only for Volaris but also for any qualified operator with service to those airports. In addition, fuel efficient procedures mean less CO2 emissions, resulting in environmental benefits."
Rafael Alonso-Nivez, Airbus ProSky Regional Director added, "The deployment of PBN procedures at key mid-size airports in Mexico is a great step forward in implementing efficient and modern airspace concepts in the country. The procedures to be delivered should offer several operational benefits to Airlines including better minima and shorter trajectories. In addition, the Air Traffic Controllers benefit - by reducing workload thanks to anticipated pre-defined aircraft path and less radio communication. The procedures will be therefore made fully available for any qualified operator as the aim of those procedures is to benefit to the whole Mexican aeronautical industry."
Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE :VLRS and BMV: VOLAR) is an ultra low cost airline providing point to point services and operating between Mexico and the US. The ultra low cost highly efficient business model offered by Volaris provides low base fares to develop its market, coupled with outstanding levels of quality services and a wide array of products. Since beginning their operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from an initial 5 to a current 140 and its fleet from 4 to 53 aircraft. Volaris currently operates over 240 daily flight segments on routes connecting 39 cities in Mexico and 23 international destinations with Mexico's most modern airplane fleet. Volaris targets passengers visiting friends and family, price sensitive business travelers, and leisure travelers in Mexico and to select US destinations. Proudly Mexican, Volaris is regarded as one of the new leading companies in the country. Among other recognitions, Volaris has received the prestigious ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for six consecutive years. For more information, please visit: www.volaris.com
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