NATS signs partnership with Airbus ProSky

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UK air traffic service provider NATS has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus ProSky,.

The aim is to provide new market propositions that can increase capacity and improve the efficiency of the air traffic system.

Richard Deakin, NATS’ chief executive officer, signed the agreement with Paul-Franck Bijou, Airbus ProSky CEO, in Abu Dhabi this month.

The two companies will work together, combining NATS’ operational expertise in air traffic management with Airbus ProSky’s innovative solutions and deep knowledge of airborne capabilities, to develop joint propositions to address industry challenges.

Mr Deakin said: ‘Collaboration is absolutely key to our future growth and this has the potential to be one of the most exciting partnerships in the entire industry.

‘By combining our relative strengths, I believe we can offer something new and exciting to customers.’

NATS already plans to introduce Time Based Separation at Heathrow Airport next year in a move that will halve delays because of high headwinds.’