Barco and Airways New Zealand continue successful partnership with Collaborative Flow Management system

Barco and Airways New Zealand have combined their technologies to develop a Collaborative Flow Management system for airlines.

Collaborative Flow Management (CFM) enables airlines to jointly agree on priority flights and to reschedule their services by matching demand to capacity. The CFM system exchanges data with the air traffic management system to control traffic in the most efficient manner possible.

We are proud to say that our partnership with Airways New Zealand is very successful, comments Frank Koehne, market director of Barco's Air Traffic Management business unit. CFM is a major enhancement of our arrival management software and offers numerous benefits for ANSPs all over the world. It saves money, reduces CO2 emissions, and lowers the impact of delays on their customers.

The value of an integrated arrival and flow management system that involves the airlines in slot management instead of having the ANSP make all of the decisions is demonstrated in the real savings achieved by Airways New Zealand. Since installing the CFM system two years ago, the airlines have saved 20.5 million kg of fuel ( Euro16 million in fuel costs) and they have reduced CO2 emissions by 61.5 million kg.

CFM is a next generation tool that is further optimising the management of aircraft delays, ensuring they are incurred on the ground and not in the air, says Bob Fletcher, Head of Operations Support for Air New Zealand. To reduce the impact of delays, the system enables us to be proactive in managing our network and assigning priorities to better manage the needs of our passengers connecting to other flights.

CFM is a new addition to the OSYRIS queue management tools, which also include Arrival and Departure Managers. An automated internet-based application, CFM provides a system of allocating controlled off blocks, take-off and arrival times to a flight bound for a CFM controlled aerodrome. Since its introduction, CFM has delivered efficiency gains to ANSPs, generated significant fuel savings and emission reductions for airlines, and provided substantial benefits to airline passengers by way of greater on-time performance.

Sophie Hautekeete


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