July 16, 2012
GE Aviation implementing nation-wide RNP program in Malaysia with AirAsia
GE Aviation is deploying the world’s first network of ICAO Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) flight paths designed by a third-party in Malaysia. The program includes GE-designed ICAO 9905 compliant RNP AR approach paths at 15 Malaysian 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. Under the agreement, GE will design, deploy, validate and maintain a network of precise RNP procedures to utilize the performance characteristics of AirAsia’s A320 fleet. Work is underway at the first two airports – Kuching International and Penang International. A preliminary review of Kuching airport showed potential flight track miles savings of up to 8 miles for runway 04 and up to 13 miles for runway 22.