Subscribe Free
in Air Transport

Etihad Airways successfully saves on carbon emissions

Posted 7 December 2011 · Add Comment

Etihad Airways has successfully reduced carbon emissions by a combined total of nine tonnes on two flights from Australia to Abu Dhabi.

The savings were made as a result of cooperation between Etihad Airways and various air traffic control centres on the ground that enabled the aircraft, Airbus A340s, to fly routes that took advantage of prevailing jet streams.

As a result, a combined total of 2.8 tonnes of fuel was saved on the flights, one of which departed from Melbourne, the other from Sydney.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive officer, said: “The fuel savings and reduced carbon emissions made by these flights are potentially hugely beneficial for both the aviation industry and the environment. 

“In recent years, the technological advances made in aircraft navigation systems have been enormous. Aircraft are no longer reliant on ground-based navigation systems but use advanced navigation systems based on the GPS satellite constellations.

“This allows aircraft to fly an infinitely variable number of different routes between two points, subject to the agreement and approval of Air Traffic Service Providers (ANSPs).

“At Etihad Airways, we strongly advocate industry modernisation that will allow aircraft to fly to the capabilities they now have.  If similar savings were possible just once each week for flights between Abu Dhabi and Australia, we conservatively estimate an annual reduction in carbon emissions of some 1,100 tonnes and a saving of 350 tonnes of fuel.  This would represent a reduction of more than four tonnes of carbon on every flight.”

Etihad Airways has worked closely with other airlines and industry stakeholders in recent months to advance the ability of the industry to operate in a more environmentally sustainable manner.

In July this year, Etihad Airways took part in a research initiative organised by the Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions (INSPIRE) which saw aircraft operated in a manner intended to set new standards in environmental best practice.

As well as allowing airlines to plan their flights to take advantage of beneficial jet streams – User Preferred Routings – other innovations saw aircraft using terminal gates as close as possible to runways and the nomination of secondary landing airports as close as possible to primary ones.
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Air Leisure signs for four SuperJets

Egypt's Air Leisure has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for four SSJ 100-95s with options for six more, ch-aviation has reported.

Emirates celebrates ten years of operations to Thiruvananthapuram

Emirates has marked ten years of operations in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.

Oman Airports sees new records for growth

The number of passengers in Muscat International Airport exceeded first time ever 10 million passengers (+18%). Additionally, Muscat International Airport broke first time 1 million passenger milestone per month in August, 2015.

Emirates SkyCargo wins International Air Cargo Carrier of the Year award in India

Emirates SkyCargo has been named International Air Cargo Carrier of the Year at the Economic Times Logistics' Awards in India. Organised by The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily and the world's second largest financial

Saudi Arabia's Alpha Star sets up new subsidiary

Alpha Star has established a new subsidiary Sky Prime Aviation Services (Riyadh) which, like its parent, will focus on VIP charter operations, reports ch-aviation.

Air Arabia delivers 2015 net profit of AED 531 million

Air Arabia has announced strong full-year financial results for 2015 as the Middle East and North Africa's first and largest low-cost carrier continued to deliver healthy growth and strong levels of profitability.

Mixjet IASO SK 18N-17F16
See us at
ADAE 2016 BT 10M16Aviation Iran BT S-3Mar16Istanbul Airshow BT 2016Global Aerospace Summit 2016Marrakech Airshow 2016 rev1 BT 30A16Reed Exhibitions BT 7O23M16