Sustainability in the world of airlines – part 1

As airlines face an increasing environmental pressure, our partners are doing what they can to continually improve their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

In the first of our blogs, we found out what our partners Etihad have done to enhance their CSR programmes.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, continues to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by implementing fuel saving initiatives, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability.

Starting with the people, Etihad have invested 950 hours into training pilots on fuel savings. As a result of this knowledge, 377,000 barrels of fuel was saved in 12 months, preserving 59,200 of acres of trees. Etihad pilots play a critical role in the airline’s environmental initiatives, significantly increasing savings by analysing insights and flight data to effectively apply key fuel efficiency procedures. Utilising a single engine to taxi the aircraft in and out on the tarmac reduces fuel burn. To reduce drag and conserve fuel, pilots select lower flap settings.

The achieved savings equated to saving fuel for approximately 1,440 hours of flying time, saving 7,900 tonnes of fuel and eliminating 24,900 tonnes of carbon dioxide. A new app has been introduced to all pilots which provides up-to-date information on current fuel-saving achievements as well as saving opportunities for every flight they are performing.

Following a number of improvements aimed at enhancing operational fleet efficiencies, Etihad Airways reduced 148,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2018. The savings are equivalent to approximately 1,236 flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona or the removal of over 10,200 cars from the road.

Releasing seven new fuel efficient aircrafts, the airlines B777-200s were retired in favour of the most fuel efficient commercial aircraft in operation, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, due to its lightweight composite structure. (Fuel consumption is influenced by several factors such as air traffic management, weight carried and how the aircraft is flown.) An improved engine washing procedure performed at regular intervals to remove environmental deposits, which increase engine workload, also improved efficiency by as much as 0.5 per cent!

To find out more, visit Etihad's sustainability webpage.