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Mayor welcomes ATR Flight Technology announcement

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 13 Aug, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Air New Zealand has announced it is introducing Required Navigation Performance (RNP) technology into its ATR turboprop fleet following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult has welcomed the announcement to upgrade its ATR turboprop fleet servicing Queenstown Airport.

“There's no doubt that Queenstown Airport is a vital gateway for locals travelling on business and for pleasure to reach the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond, as well as bringing visitors into our beautiful district. The milestone announced by Air New Zealand on Friday will significantly reduce weather-related delays and cancellations for ATRs travelling to and from Queenstown.”

“This development has been a long time coming, but I am delighted this technology is being added to the fleet. The added benefit of reducing fuel usage and emissions also aligns well with our vision for a zero-carbon community and the spirit of Council's Climate Action Plan,” said Boult.

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