Boeing To Participate in Russian Airport Overhaul

 - August 16, 2011, 7:12 AM

Boeing announced today at the Moscow Air Show that it has signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Russia’s Basel Aero Company, operator of Sochi Airport, and with Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography to cooperate toward increasing the efficiency and capacity of leading Russian airports. 

The Boeing Flight Services Air Traffic Management (ATM) group and Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary, will help the airports analyze and optimize their ground operational plans and introduce new procedures with the goal of improving the safety and efficiency of Russian airspace.

“Modern technologies of air traffic management and air navigation will allow us to reduce the risk of closing our airports in low-visibility conditions, update our ground operations as well as optimize airspace utilization,” said Sergey Likharev, chief executive officer of the Basel Aero Company. “To stay competitive and offer the best services to airlines and their passengers, especially prior to such high-profile events as the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup, we need to work with the best experts and introduce proven and modern solutions.”

Upon completing definitive agreements, Boeing will work with the Russian organizations in modernization initiatives that include increasing the capacity of the largest Russian airports and transforming the overall design of the air navigation system in Russia before the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Using Boeing’s resources, China’s aviation authorities implemented a large-scale transformation of the national ATM system and the capacity at Beijing Capital Airport before the 2008 Olympics. As a result, the airport became the world’s second largest in terms of passenger traffic. Boeing also performed similar work for airports and airspace in the Republic of South Africa in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.