October 17, 2012
European airspace is fragmented and, as traffic grows, will become increasingly congested. Fragmentation causes longer flight time, delays, extra fuel burn and CO2 emissions. Air navigation services and their support systems are not fully integrated and are based on outdated technologies that are already running at maximum capacity. In order to accommodate future air traffic needs, a paradigm shift, supported by state-of-the-art and innovative technologies, is required. Boeing is committed to developing Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions that offer substantial near term improvements and will serve as the building blocks for a more safe, efficient and environmentally progressive system.
A modernised ATM system will be a key contributor to achieving this goal. For this reason, Boeing values and actively supports the EU’s efforts to implement more swiftly the Single European Sky (SES) and welcomes the announcement made on 11 October by Commission’s Vice President, responsible for Transport, Siim Kallas, that in Spring 2013 the Commission will bring forward proposals to strengthen the existing SES legal framework with a view to accelerating the ongoing reforms. Boeing shares the sense of urgency that this initiative aims to drive, given that – ten years on – SES is still not delivering. The measures being proposed, including to strengthen the Performance Scheme and the Functional Airspace Blocks, will be key in order to reap the full benefits of creating a Single European Sky.
In addition, Boeing directly contributes to the ATM technology project SESAR, including the critical deployment phase (2014-2020). Boeing and its industry partners are keenly focused to ensure activities have a measurable benefit and developments in Europe are seamlessly integrated with NextGen, the equivalent project in the United States. A timely and performance-driven delivery of the Single European Sky will underpin not only a safer and more effective ATM system, including more efficient routing and reduced time in the air, but also a more environmentally efficient air transport system through fuel savings and subsequent double digit emissions reduction in all the in-service fleets.
Such ATM improvements represent the greatest short term opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions. Boeing is working with partners around the world to improve today’s global air traffic management system to enhance safety, improve operational and environmental efficiency, and prepare for the expected growth in global air travel. A transformational ATM solution is needed to optimize and enhance the efficiency of the worldwide system.