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Airline introduces new runway safety system

Alaska Airlines has announced that it is to boost safety across its fleet

Alaska Airlines has announced that it is to boost safety across its fleet by equipping its planes with a new Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) technology.

RAAS is designed to reduce the risk of collisions on runways and taxiways involving more than one aircraft.

The system gives pilots audible alerts when they are not on the correct runway for takeoff by confirming the distance required to execute the manoeuvre.

European airplane manufacturer Airbus is considering developing a similar warning system to make aircraft flights safer for all carriers purchasing its planes in the future, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Gregg Saretsky, Alaska Airlines executive vice president of flight and marketing, said: "Alaska will be flying the most technologically modern airline fleet in the United States and our pilots will be assured of an additional layer of safety while on the nation’s runways."

Ground collisions between aircraft is considered by safety experts to be one of the biggest hazards confronting airlines with routes departing from the US and Europe.

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