26 March 2014
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is flying fuel efficient and environmentally friendly required navigational performance approaches at Denver International Airport. RNP approaches can reduce flying by 3-5 miles during a visual approach and up to 20 miles during an instrument approach each time they are flown at DIA.
These flights follow highly predictable paths and allow descents at idle power from high altitude cruise, which is the quietest and most fuel efficient way for an aircraft to arrive. Working closely with local and regional FAA and DIA officials, major contributions have been made to the development of those procedures as part of an ongoing major redesign of the airspace at DIA.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways.
Denver International Airport is the 13th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. For more information visit www.flydenver.com,