Effective strategies for long-term growth A NATS case study
Page 5: Tactics
Tactics are specific programmes of work or activities which help to achieve objectives. They may be customer-focused or operationally based.
Around 26,000 flights a day cross European airspace – at different heights and along different routes. NATS solutions which support its strategy of innovation focus on making the most efficient use of this space.
3Di - a world 'first'
For example, NATS delivered a world ‘first’ by developing an entirely new way of measuring the environmental performance of the airspace network above the UK. The flight efficiency metric, known as 3Di, will help air traffic control to route flight paths as close to the environmental optimum as possible. NATS’ regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, estimates that it will deliver 600,000 tonnes of CO2 savings over the next three years, worth up to £120 million.
'Perfect flight' test
NATS was also involved with British Airways in developing the ‘Perfect Flight’. The programme, a UK ‘first’, involved measuring a trial flight under optimum conditions and flight plan in order to establish the potential for carbon savings. The trial proved that more than 10% of emissions could be saved. NATS is now investigating how it could make this possible for every flight.
Management of data
Timely and accurate management of data and information is vital for airports, airlines and air traffic control services. NATS is implementing a virtual and secure ‘cloud’-based infrastructure for all its desktop IT services. This will reduce IT costs by £9 million over four years and allow better use of information for NATS 6,000 staff, as well as improved collaboration between NATS and its business partners.
Single European Sky initiative
NATS and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) are working in partnership as part of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative. This initiative organises airspace into Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) according to traffic flows rather than to national borders. This aims to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Achievements between NATS and IAA so far have included establishing night time routes to save fuel. These have resulted in savings of around €24 million (mostly from fuel efficiency) against costs of just €2 million.
In line with its HR strategy, NATS opened a new training centre in 2011. This specialised centre of excellence for training engineers and air traffic controllers has delivered cost savings and improved the training environment through the use of innovative simulation technology. NATS recognises that its people are a valuable asset and has therefore also introduced a new performance management and career development programme to enable it to manage and reward its talented people appropriately.