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Easyjet pushes ash cloud plans.

Summary: Plans to combat any future volcanic ash cloud crisis must push ahead, budget airline easyJet has said.

Plans to combat any future volcanic ash cloud crisis must push ahead, easyJet has said.

The budget carrier said last summer that it hoped to have the detection system installed on 12 of its planes by the end of 2010.

But although some progress has been made, the system - known as Avoid (Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector) - has yet to go on to any passenger aircraft.

EasyJet was one of the many airlines severely hit by last April's Icelandic ash cloud crisis which saw airports shut and thousands of flights cancelled.

The no-frills carrier is investing Au1 million in Avoid, which is the brainchild of scientist Fred Pata, of the Norwegian Institute for Air Research.

EasyJet said the Avoid prototype is ready to test in volcanic ash, but the scheme needs European Aviation Safety Agency approval and also EC financial support.

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