American Airlines Selects Airbus' Runway Overrun Prevention System For Its
A320 Family Fleet
ROPS to Also Become Available to Other Manufacturers' Aircraft
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 20, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --American Airlines has
decided to equip all of its A320 Family fleet with Airbus' innovative Runway
Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology. This onboard cockpit technology,
which Airbus has pioneered independently over several years, increases pilots'
situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion
risk, and if necessary, provides active protection.
ROPS was first approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the
A380 in October 2009 and to date is currently in service or ordered on around
70 percent of the A380 fleet. ROPS is part of the A350 XWB's basic
configuration and is also being applied on the other Airbus types being
produced today, starting with the A320 Family, with certification on this type
expected later this year.
"We are proud to be the first airline to equip our entire A320 family aircraft
with this state-of-the-art technology," said Capt. John Hale, Vice President –
Flight for American Airlines. "Our pilots appreciate the operational benefits
that this industry-approved cockpit technology will bring to their daily
"ROPS is the result of years of continuing research by Airbus," said Yannick
Malinge, Airbus' Senior Vice President and Chief Product Safety Officer. "Its
selection by American Airlines for its A320 Family fleet underscores the value
and significant contribution that ROPS brings to aviation safety. Airbus is
proud to be on the leading edge of this technology for our industry – where
safety is the universal priority."
Runway excursion – meaning either an aircraft veering off the side of the
runway, or overrunning at the very end – has become the primary cause of civil
airliner hull losses in recent years, particularly as other formerly prevalent
categories of aircraft accidents have now largely been eliminated.
Furthermore, various industry bodies including the EASA, NTSB, Eurocontrol and
FAA recognize this and are fully behind the introduction of effective measures
by commercial aviation stakeholders to not only mitigate, but eliminate the
risk of runway excursions.
In line with this, Airbus is working to make ROPS commercially available to
other aircraft manufacturers' aircraft. The system could be coupled with the
mandatory Terrain Avoidance Warning System already fitted on Airbus aircraft
and will utilize an enhanced and specifically developed version of its
worldwide runway database.
The Airbus-patented ROPS computes minimum realistic inflight landing and
ground stopping distances while comparing them to available landing distances
in real time. The analyses take into account factors such as runway
topography, runway condition, aircraft weight and configuration, wind, and
temperature. The resulting outcome produces audio callouts and alerts for
pilots, making ROPS an awareness tool to assist the crew in the go-around
decision making process and the timely application of ground stopping means.
To regularly enhance the A320 Family's capabilities and performance, Airbus
invests approximately 300 million euros annually in keeping the aircraft
highly competitive and efficient. More than 9,400 A320 Family aircraft have
been ordered and around 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and
operators worldwide – reaffirming its position as the world's best-selling
single-aisle aircraft Family.
About American Airlines
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across
the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and
territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily
flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami
and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including
important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than
500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of
the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing
777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward
the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's
website, AA.com^®, provides customers with easy access to check and book
fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's
AAdvantage^® program, one of the most popular frequent flyer programs in the
world, lets members redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations
worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel
stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals
Club^® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment
with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive
without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld^®
alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the
world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia
Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more
than 840 destinations with some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 countries
and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or
Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle
Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common
stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by
OTC Markets Group.
Airbus is the world's leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners,
ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and
manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and
subsidiaries in the US, China, Japan, India and in the Middle East. In
addition, it provides an international network of customer support and
training centres. Airbus is an EADS company.
SOURCE American Airlines
Contact: Andrea Huguely, 817-967-1577, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mary Anne
Greczyn, (Airbus Americas), 703-834-3456, email@example.com
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