UK air traffic firm partners with flydubai
Dubai, June 3, 2014
UK air traffic service provider NATS has signed a deal with Dubai-based airline flydubai to help deliver measurable improvements in the safety, capacity and efficiency of its flights.
The memorandum of co-operation will allow the two organisations to explore how their core capabilities can be utilised to deliver significant benefits to the airline’s business.
The initial focus of the co-operation will examine how NATS can use its extensive operations and global air traffic management (ATM) knowledge to benefit current and future flydubai operations.
The agreement will aim to enhance the airline’s productivity, contingency and growth capabilities, which are part of flydubai’s seven focal pillars of programme improvement.
Richard Deakin, NATS chief executive officer, said: "This MoC represents a significant opportunity for NATS to demonstrate the tangible benefits air traffic management can have on an airline customer’s operation. The co-operation will involve a series of customer-led propositions which support flydubai's significant growth ambitions."
The latest member to join NATS’ Middle East operations is Ben Kiff, the proposition development lead for NATS Middle East activities.
"This is one of a number of regional activities between NATS and an airline and it is exciting to be developing this specific proposition in collaboration with flydubai," remarked Ben Kiff.
The next few months will see NATS focus on bringing extensive Procedure Design (Pans Ops) experience forward in collaboration with members of the Aeronautical Services team at flydubai to deliver improvements to specific procedures in consultation with the relevant ANSPs and Civil Aviation Authorities," he added.
James Vial, flydubai’s senior VP (Flight Operations) said the airline was keen to tap into the extensive experience NATS brings from its previous projects and existing services.
"We have seen and continue to see significant growth at a diverse range of destinations where support and assistance from an entity like NATS can be of huge benefit to both the airline and, importantly, local ANSPs and authorities.," he noted.
NATS is currently working on projects in Qatar, Kuwait and Oman, and has previously worked with Bahrain and Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai to support the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of its airspace.-TradeArabia News Service