Etihad conducts gate-to-gate fuel optimisation flight to Sao Paulo as part of week-long efficiency programme
Fri 27 Sept 2013 – Etihad Airways is coming to the end of a week-long campaign to promote its company-wide fuel efficiency programme in which it aims to raise awareness of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Fuel Optimisation Week programme highlights specific activities designed to reduce aircraft fuel consumption, both on the ground and in the air, without compromising safety or guest comfort, says the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. On Wednesday (25th), Etihad carried out a number of gate-to-gate fuel optimisation procedures and activities on an ultra-long haul flight from Abu Dhabi to São Paulo in Brazil, the airline’s longest route. It worked with civil aviation authorities and air navigation service providers along the flight of over 12,000 kilometres.
The flight made use of a range of initiatives to reduce fuel burn, including optimised ground handling at both ends of the journey and maximising efficiency opportunities in route and altitude selection.
During the week, the airline has been working more closely with CAAs, ANSPs and airport ground service providers to further optimise the efficient use of fuel on flights into and out of Etihad’s home base at Abu Dhabi International Airport. These include further promoting the use of efficient Continuous Descent Operations as well as the application of a specially designed RNP-AR arrival procedure, which ensures an optimum and more efficient flight track during approach and landing for the airline’s flights into its hub. On the ground, the focus has been on working with ground handling services to further reduce the use of onboard Auxiliary Power Units (APUs).
“This week-long event highlights the determination of our operational and technical teams to find ways to reduce our fuel burn,” said James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways. “With rising fuel costs, this initiative highlights the importance of sustainable profitability and our on-going commitment to protect the environment.”