Saab is Streamlining Australia’s Busiest Airports

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 29, 2018 11:06

Saab is Streamlining Australia’s Busiest Airports

Saab has received an order to install Aerobahn, a collaborative decision making platform, at Australia’s four major airports to improve operating efficiencies.

Australia’s air navigation services provider, Airservices Australia, identified Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney as priority airports to adopt the new system.

“The system is operating in some of America’s busiest airports including New York’s JFK and LaGuardia, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Minneapolis to name a few. In Australia, we anticipate it will save the industry an estimated $52 million over the next decade. Taxiing aircraft, and arrival and departure gates can be better managed, reducing delays. Modelling using A-CDM indicates taxi-times can be reduced by around 7 per cent, or one minute per aircraft in peak busy periods which adds up to big savings very quickly”, says Jason Harfield, CEO of Airservices Australia.

Aerobahn provides a range of services such as departure management sequencing, traffic flow management and resourcing. The system streamlines the data sharing between all agencies allowing more collaborative decisions, which minimises delays and improves performance during irregular operations. It also improves schedule efficiencies, taxiways, runway and stand use and reduces fuel consumption and related emissions.

“Saab and Airservices Australia have enjoyed a strong partnership implementing air traffic control technologies in Australia. By employing Aerobahn’s ability to share critical operational information in real-time among key airport stakeholders, Australia’s four busiest airports will benefit from a host of metrics that will help target other areas to improve efficiency”, says Jessica Öberg, head of Saab business area Industrial Products and Services.

The system was developed by US-based Saab Air Traffic Management who introduced digitised the air traffic control towers in Broome, Rockhampton, Adelaide, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Cairns and Brisbane airports.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 29, 2018 11:06