NATS and Mitsubishi Research Institute Target ATM Projects in Japan

     NATS and Mitsubishi Research Institute Target ATM Projects in Japan

  PR Newswire

  FAREHAM, England, February 4, 2013

FAREHAM, England, February 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

NATS, the UK based global provider of air traffic services, has today signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mitsubishi Research Institute
(MRI), Japan.

The MoU will see NATS and MRI explore opportunities for collaboration on
various Air Traffic Management (ATM) projects. These are likely to include Air
Traffic Flow Management in Japan and the Asia Pacific region; and increasing
capacity and optimisation of ground operations at a number of airports.  

Richard Deakin, NATS Chief Executive Officer, and Etsuo Isobe, MRI Management
Executive Officer, signed the agreement at a ceremony held on Monday 4
February at the British Embassy, Tokyo. 

The event was hosted by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan.

Mr Hitchens said: "Civil aerospace is a sector that the UK Government attaches
a great deal of importance to. Itisarealpleasuretosee that NATS and MRI
have nowsigned a Memorandum of Understanding to enable them to work together
in providing the latest, modern flight management services to airport projects
both in Japan and overseas.

"We hope that the signing of this memorandum will lead to a strong partnership
between NATS and MRI and we wish them every success for the future expansion
of their business."

Mr Deakin commented: "This is a fantastic opportunity to continue our growth
in the Far East, and the MRI is an ideal partner. NATS' world-class knowledge
and expertise in air traffic management, combined with MRI's knowledge of the
Japanese and Asian markets is an exciting proposition and I look forward to
the results."

Mr Isobe added: "I believe that a partnership with NATS is a perfect fit for
MRI. It will help consolidate our domestic competitiveness, while a fusion of
NATS' and MRI's knowledge and expertise will support further development in
the wider Asia-Pacific region. This will be a wonderful partnership."

MRI has a wide ranging ATM strategy that encompasses both long and short term
projects in Japan. These include demand forecasting and air traffic control
optimisation - areas where NATS has a proven record of success elsewhere in
the world.

This memorandum builds upon a period of rapid international growth for NATS,
which is now working in 30 countries across six continents.

Over the past two years NATS has helped redesign the airspace in Singapore and
Hong Kong, boosted airspace capacity in Qatar and secured the Aena air traffic
control tower contract in Spain.

At the same time NATS continues to provide services at the UK's 15 leading
airports and last year handled 2.2 million flights through UK airspace.

About NATS

NATS is the UK's leading provider of Air Traffic Management (ATM) services,
handling 2.2 million flights in 2011/12, covering the UK and eastern North
Atlantic. NATS provides air traffic control from centres at Swanwick,
Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire.

NATS also provides air traffic control services at 15 of the nation's major
airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester,
Edinburgh and Glasgow, together with air traffic services at Gibraltar

About Mitsubishi Research Institute

MRI is a leading research and consulting firm in Japan, employing around 800
people in Tokyo,Osaka and Nagoya.

Making full use of integrated interdisciplinary knowledge, MRI provides
research and consulting services in a wide range of areas, from economy and
industry to social systems, energy, environment, science and technology, as
well as IT solutions to government and commercial clients.

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