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-JetBlue Airways certified for RNP AR.


U.S. low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) said it has become the first Federal Aviation Administration -certified carrier in the United States to utilize the new satellite-based Special (Non-Public) Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) approaches to Runways 13L and 13R at its home base at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport with its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

These unique Special Performance-Based Navigation procedures are designed to utilize a constant vertical descent in conjunction with a precise curved flight path to the runways, resulting in a stabilized approach path; shorter flight times for customers; reduced noise levels and greenhouse-gas emissions and, increased fuel savings by as much as 120 pounds, or 18 gallons, per flight.

The RNP AR approach procedure will allow JetBlue to utilize a decision altitude while in a slight turn to the runway, the first airline in the United States to harness this special capability. This allows for lower landing weather minimums, increasing runway utilization at JFK.

These procedures will be a key component in making JFK operate independent of the other NY-area airports and reduce delays at JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports in certain poor weather conditions.

JetBlue serves 71 cities with 750 daily flights.

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