SESAR brings stakeholders on board
The SESAR Joint Undertaking has signed contracts with airlines, organizations and manufacturers to develop a user-driven, modernised and affordable Air Traffic Management system for Europe.
Contracts were signed with Air France & Régional, KLM, Iberia, Lufthansa Group including SWISS and LCAG, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, TAP Portugal, Novair, a consortium coordinated by EBAA including NETJET and Dassault Aviation, as well as IATA, and IAOPA to engage their technical experts in the SESAR programme.
Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents some 230 international airlines, commented: "SESAR needs to deliver results on the industry's top priorities—safety, environmental responsibility and financial sustainability. It must also be completed on time and in-line with customer needs. Today's agreement is important because it accelerates validation of future technologies with flight trials in real conditions."
The implementation of the future ATM system developed by SESAR will make it possible for airspace users to meet future consumer demand for air transport, raise service and safety levels, while reducing cost and environmental impact. The SESAR Programme takes into consideration the needs of the whole airspace users’ community with similar working arrangements being implemented to engage the military community. The SESAR JU needs expertise support in all the airspace users’ domains which interact with the Air Traffic Management system.