Emirates boosts cargo capacity to Kabul with new navigation technology
EMIRATES Flight Operations has come up with a new navigation technique that allows the airline to carry additional cargo into Kabul International Airport
EMIRATES Flight Operations has come up with a new navigation technique that allows the airline to carry additional cargo into Kabul International Airport.
The airline has developed an innovative missed-approach procedure that replaces an older technique that required cargo bound for Kabul to be offloaded in Dubai during low-cloud or poor visibility weather conditions at destination.
Emirates operates a daily flight into Kabul International Airport on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and within the first three months of implementation, the new solution gave Emirates the capability for carrying an additional 250 tonnes of cargo into Kabul during low-cloud conditions.
Furthermore, it has increased facilitation of trade to and from Afghanistan and has also resulted in more streamlined cargo operations to Kabul, increased customer satisfaction, and enhanced fuel efficiency, reports AJOT.
Kabul airport is situated in a wide valley at an elevation of 5,800 feet and is surrounded by mountains that are over 11,000 feet tall. The airport has a number of constraints associated with it because of the challenging terrain, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and other security requirements. Kabul airport's primary Runway 29 has two established missed-approach procedures with one of them requiring that an aircraft be able to climb at a steep angle when cloud cover is lower than 1,200 feet.
Since implementation of the new procedure, Emirates has been able to carry significantly more cargo into Kabul leading to lower cost, more efficient operations including maintaining the 'Delivered as Promised' customer commitment, without compromising on safety or regulatory requirements. Optimising payload and minimising chances of aircraft return to Dubai has also resulted in important savings in fuel costs as well as lower carbon emissions.