In an effort to minimise environmental impact of its operations, Etihad Airways recently launched an Abu Dhabi Perfect Flight Programme.
This programme is conducted with a fuel-optimised ‘perfect flight’ between Abu Dhabi and Washington DC.
The airline worked closely with more than 30 stakeholders, including civil aviation authorities, airports, ground service providers and air navigation providers.
Some of the partners included Abu Dhabi Airport, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT), General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Global Aerospace Logistics – ANS. International partners were Boeing, Eurocontrol, US Federation Aviation Authority (FAA), Finavia, Irish Aviation Authority, Isavia, Jeppesen, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, NATS and NAV CANADA.
This flight, first of a series of perfect flights, was operated by the airline’s eco-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner and used a host of fuel and emission-saving measures in air and on the ground. These include optimised ground handling at both ends and maximising efficiency opportunities in route and altitude selection.
As a result, the airline saved an estimated eight minutes, 4,100 litres of fuel and 10,700 kilograms of carbon emissions, compared to the same aircraft flying a normal flight plan.