Tue 20 Mar 2018 – International Airlines Group (IAG) is installing fuel efficiency software to help reduce fuel burn and emissions across its airlines – Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL. Honeywell’s GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software will provide flight data on fuel consumption to help analyse aircraft performance and monitor efficiency initiatives. “We have a strong track record in identifying and implementing initiatives to reduce our carbon emissions,” commented Willie Walsh, IAG’s Chief Executive. “This technology will allow our airlines to further optimise their fuel consumption and share best practice across the group.We are investing in a modern fleet and developing innovative operating techniques to reduce CO2 output.
“Producing sustainable fuel is also critical and we continue our work to convert domestic waste into jet fuel, which will help to deliver our carbon emissions target while reducing landfill. We have set ourselves ambitious environmental targets and are determined to lead the industry in tackling climate change.”
The group reports that it improved fuel and carbon efficiency by 2.6% in 2017, so exceeding IATA’s fuel efficiency target for the industry of an average annual improvement of 1.5%.
Honeywell says its new GoDirect Flight Efficiency integrated service allows airlines to make strategic decisions on flight operations and planning by amassing all flight variables into one place, including flight plans, weather, navigation charts, aircraft performance and optimised fuel usage. The service provides up-to-date information for decision-making by airlines and pilots, resulting in more on-time and fewer turbulent flights, and less fuel use, adds the Phoenix-based aerospace company.
“Pilots are able to view shortcut routes during flight and receive recommendations on climb speeds and cruise altitudes to save fuel,” explained Michael Edmonds, President, Services & Connectivity, Honeywell Aerospace.
The company says the suite of tools is suitable for airlines of all sizes and provides “a one-stop shop for operators to make strategic decisions on what to adjust during day-to-day operations.” It claims airlines using the service have experienced fuel savings up to 5%, and have been able to reduce short-haul flights by an average 1.1 nautical miles and long-haul flights by an average of 3.5 nautical miles.
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