US/Europe Comparison of ATM-Related Operational Performance

Using comparable operations databases for Eurocontrol and the Federal Aviation Administration, the authors of this paper examine key performance indicators in order to assess efficiency, punctuality and predictability between the two systems by phase of flight. Their analysis shows similar levels of arrival punctuality in the U.S. and Europe, but a breakdown by phase of flight reveals key differences. Departure punctuality at the gate is better in the U.S., but taxi-out delays are longer, which is associated with higher fuel burn. Horizontal en route flight efficiency is higher in the U.S., with more beneficial fuel burn, while the fragmentation of European airspace appears to affect overall flight efficiency. Additional time within the last 100 nautical miles is comparable. The authors suggest there is value in developing a systematic approach to aggregating a benefit pool actionable by Air Navigation Services. Global comparisons and benchmarking offer opportunities to optimize performance and identify best practices.

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  • Authors:
    • Gulding, J
    • Knorr, David A
    • Rose, Marc
    • Chen, Xing
    • Enaud, Philippe
    • Hegendoerfer, Holger
  • Publication Date: 2010


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 5-27
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  • Accession Number: 01154921
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2010 5:42PM