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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2015 • Page 21 New traffic control tower AIRWAYS New Zealand has lodged a resource consent application with the Wellington City Council to build a 32 metre air traffic control tower for Wellington airport. Airways commissioned Welling- ton-based architecture firm Studio of Pacific Architecture to design the proposed tower to be compatible with both the existing and proposed future airport environment. It will replace Airways’ old control tower at 34 Tirangi Road, which is nearing the end of its life. Subject to obtaining resource consent, construction is anticipated to start in November 2015. Good start to year for Asia AIR freight on Asian airlines grew by 12.8 per cent in January and Febru- ary compared to the same period last year, according to the Associa- tion of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). There was robust demand for Asian exports, particularly to North America, where the recent ports dispute had affected maritime shipping operations, said Andrew Herdman, AAPA director general. February growth outstripped a 12.6 per cent increase in freight capacity, boosting load factor to 65.2 per cent. “The demand outlook for Asian carriers remains broadly positive, supported by the benefits of low- er oil prices,” Herdman said. Cathay Pacific and its sister car- rier Dragonair carried nearly 30 per cent more cargo in February than during the same month last year. THE LATEST variant of the A330 – the new 242 tonne A330-300 – has achieved certification from the European airworthiness authority EASA following a 100 hour flight-test campaign. Certification from the US authorities (FAA) is expected soon. Furthermore, and in the near future, the smaller A330-200 model will follow the -300 and bene- fit from the a 242-tonne take-off weight capability. To date, 11 new A330 customers have already selected the 242 version. Eric Zanin, Airbus’ head of the A330 program said: “The latest A330’s maximum take-off weight capability of 242 tonnes, combined with various aerodynamic re- finements and increased fuel capacity means that operators will benefit from an extended range of up to 500 nautical miles, or carry greater payload. Moreover, they will do so with a fuel consumption reduction of up two percent.” The combination of the in- creased take-off weight, aero- dynamic improvements and the optional fuel capacity boost – com- pared with the previous 235-tonne version – means that the new 242t A330-300 is capable of flying up to 15 hours, or carry more payload over existing routes. In practice this means that it will allow operators to fly directly between Europe and New A330-300 given green light by EASA, FAA expected soon south-East Asia and could be used for more than 90 percent of typical routes from London airports.