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Airbus delivers first A320neo with satellite-guided landing capability

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Airbus announced on Friday that it has delivered the first Airbus A320neo equipped with the latest Satellite Landing System (SLS) technology to easyJet. SLS allows pilots to fly straight-in approaches using satellite precision, without the need for additional ground systems such as ILS, even in low visibility conditions, saving fuel and reduce emissions.

SLS first entered service in Europe with the A350 in 2015, after Airbus pioneered the development and introduction of CAT1 approaches using this technology, with support from the European Agency of the Space Program (EUSPA) – formerly known as GSA – and the European Commission. SLS is also available on the A220 and A330 aircraft families and in progress for the A380.

“By using SLS, airlines benefit from improved operational capabilities and operational efficiencies.says Philippe Mhun, Head of Programs and Services at Airbus. “We are delighted to offer this new Air Traffic Management functionality now on the A320 Family, which demonstrates how Airbus keeps its aircraft at the cutting edge of technology.”. He adds: “The introduction of satellite technologies highlights the benefit of collaboration between Airbus divisions. With Airbus Defense and Space, one of the world leaders in satellite technology, we have taken this experience and applied it to commercial aviation. We are grateful for the excellent support provided by EUUSPA and the European Commission.


Airbus is also developing the next generation of EGNOS, the European satellite-based augmentation system. “Airbus is committed and committed to delivering the next version of the program by 2027”said François Gaullier, head of telecommunications and navigation at Airbus Defense and Space. “SLS users will fully benefit as the service becomes available in other European destinations.”

David Morgan, director of flight operations at easyJet, said: “We are delighted with this latest technological development as it represents a further step towards improving the efficiency of our operations, helping us to reduce fuel consumption and therefore combat our carbon emissions. We believe that modernizing of the aviation sector is a crucial objective that requires the joint and coordinated effort of the entire industry.We are committed to supporting the development of new technologies, in collaboration with our industry partners, allowing us to operate in the most efficient and technologically advanced way possible for the safety of our customers and the protection of our planet.

The A320neo Family incorporates next-generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 20% fuel and CO2 savings, as well as a 50% reduction in noise footprint.

By the end of April 2022, the A320neo Family had received over 8,000 orders from approximately 130 customers. Since entering service six years ago, Airbus has delivered more than 2,200 A320neo Family aircraft, contributing to savings of 15 million tonnes of CO2 compared to the previous generation aircraft they replace.

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