Airways NZ, ATNS forge closer links

Tha air navigation service providers of New Zealand and South Africa are to work together on a range of activities and projects that will build capacity for both organisations.

The deal covers training, billing and technical services and builds on a very successful collaboration with training and air traffic control recruitment over the last twelve months. It was signed at the beginning of the CANSO Global ATM Summit and AGM in Rome Italy on 23 June.

ATNS purchased a Total Control simulator in 2011 which is already allowing for a common training platform between us, says Airways New Zealand Chief Executive Ed Sims. Flight Billing is likely to be the first objective, followed by broader software and consultancy services.

ATNS and Airways are also discussing management exchanges to further broader cultural and management understanding.

Initially this will be in the areas of software and provision of consultancy services but we expect that this will grow over the coming months and years. We are looking forward to working with ATNS to share our knowledge and learn from each other.

Patrick Dlamini, CEO of ATNS said: “ATNS is very excited to enter into this understanding with Airways New Zealand Airways. This is a further entrenchment of the existing relationship between the two organisations. We have already yielded great success with our past and current collaborations and we are confident that we can only continue to build on this success.”

“This collaboration is a step in the right direction for ATNS of being the preferred supplier of air navigation services to the African continent and selected markets and can only be a positive step in improving safety in Africa,” said Dlamini.

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