Airbus subsidiary NAVBLUE will provide Chile´s low-cost carrier JetSMART with the Airbus Runway Overrun Protection System (ROPS), the company said.
Under the agreement, which was signed at the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, Chile, NAVBLUE will equip 100 aircraft, including retrofit of three aircraft already in operation. As a result JetSMART´s entire A320 Family fleet will be equipped with ROPS by the end of 2026.
Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) is an on-board cockpit technology which Airbus and NAVBLUE have pioneered over several years. It is an alerting system which reduces exposure to runway overrun risk, and if necessary, provides active protection. It compares remaining runway length to expected stopping distance in real time to prevent runway overrun. So far, ROPS has been installed on more than 900, single-aisle and Widebody aircraft and many more are awaiting delivery.
JetSmart is an ultra low-cost Chilean airline created by US investment fund Indigo Partners, which also controls US airline Frontier Airlines, Mexico´s Volaris and Hungarian airline Wizz Air. Its primary base of operations is Comodoro Arturo Merino BenÃtez International Airport in Santiago, Chile.