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A flight into Linzhi airport in the mountainous region of Tibet has been completed by a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-700 to demonstrate a method for aircraft navigation known as Required Navigation Performance (RNP).
According to Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), through modern avionics and GPS, RNP flight procedures provide operators with a tool for enabling safe and efficient operations in difficult terrain and weather conditions.
Jeppesen, a subsidiary of Boeing, designed the RNP arrival and departure procedures for Linzhi.
Boeing is working in cooperation with Jeppesen, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC), the US Federal Aviation Administration and China Eastern Airlines to help support and expand new air traffic routes in China.
The success of this flight demonstrates China Eastern Airlines' adherence to CAAC requirements for airline RNP operations into the airport, Boeing said.
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