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A Closer Look: Inside Southwest's front office RNP transition

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Earlier this month, Southwest Airlines initiated RNP operations following a $175 million investment that will eventually see its entire fleet flying with RNP by the end of 2013. For the first part of the transition of its fleet to RNP operations, Southwest is changing the pilot's view from the flight deck of its 737-700s. RNP or  Required Navigation Performance allows aircraft to fly more precise tailored paths between two points, enabling faster routes to cut flight times, noise, fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

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