So how does RNP benefit you, the passenger? Simple: it allows your flight to fly when maybe a plane using the old ILS, terrestrial-based navigation system can't. This means a decrease in delays and flight cancellations, less flight time total and flying safely despite low visibility and dramatic terrain.
So how will you know if your flight is using RNP? Well, you could ask the Captain or First Officer, but here's some South American airports where your LAN flight may have it:
· Cusco, Peru
· Lima, Peru
· Santiago, Chile
· Cajamarca, Peru
· Arequipa, Peru
· Juliaca, Peru
· Temuco, Chile
· La Serena, Chile
RNP is just one step towards making air travel as eco-friendly as possible. Hanging out at LAN's HQ in Santiago, Chile recently and chatting with Diego Convalia, Senior Fuel Manager and LAN pilot, we learned that not only is LAN at the forefront with installing winglets on their planes (4% reduction in fuel consumption right there), but they've even reduced the weight of each flight attendant service cart by 8 kilos. Small things add up, of course. Diego also brags: "we're the best at washing our engines."
Things have been very exciting lately for LAN Airlines. They completed their first biofuel flight full of paying passengers, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is on its way down to the FIDAE Airshow to hang out with its future airline andwhat we're concerning ourselves with herethey're moving ahead with RNP. 2012 is turning out to be quite the year, and we're only three months in.
[Images & video: LAN, Airplane photo: Jaunted]