MAS First Airline To Introduce RNP AR Approaches On Boeing 737-80

Last update: 10/07/2014

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is the first airline to introduce Required Navigation Performance (RNP AR) approaches on Boeing 737-80 aircraft in South-East Asia, said its director of operations, Captain Izham Ismail.

In a statement today, Izham said MAS has obtained the Department of Civil Aviation's nod to fly the RNP AR approaches, which gave it a tremendous ability to optimise Next-Generation 737 operations in varying and demanding conditions.

He said the new RNP AR operations saved fuel per approach as it deployed these approaches into designated airports, initially beginning with Penang, Kuching, followed by Hong Kong and Kathmandu.

"At remote airports, RNP AR approach can provide a precise approach capability without the need for ground infrastructure, and in nearly all cases, RNP AR approach reduces the miles flown which in turn lowers fuel consumption, emissions, noise, and costs," he said.

He said airlines that implemented RNP AR procedures had realised significant amount of money in fuel savings.

"An added benefit is that RNP AR approaches would improve passenger comfort," he said.