German carrier Air Berlin has announced plans to test a new satellite navigation system on board select flights.
The airline has been granted approval from the Federal Air Transport Authority to carry out test flights using the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS).
All new Boeing 737NG aircraft redelivered to Air Berlin since last June have been fitted with the system, with the carrier’s bases at Berlin and Malaga also equipped with GBAS.
This means that flights to Berlin and Malaga, as well as flights from the European airports could be controlled by the GBAS programme.
Air Berlin currently uses the traditional Instrument Landing System (ILS) to navigate plans into airports, but suggests that GBAS is a more accurate and cost-effective option.
Using GBAS will result in jet fuel savings and noise reductions in flight approach areas, Air Berlin explained.
Meanwhile, the carrier has recently announced an increased emphasis on its domestic network of Spanish flights.
For the winter season Air Berlin will operate flights from Palma to 11 cities in the country, as well as the Portuguese city of Faro.
Additions include two daily flights to Seville from the Spanish cities of Alicante, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela and Valencia via Palma.