Hawaiian Airlines will mark Earth Day this Friday (22 April) by operating a “green flight” between Honolulu and Auckland.
The demonstration flight will showcase seven operational procedures that are designed to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions. These environmental markers have been outlined by the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE), an aviation group dedicated to improving the industry’s environmental performance.
“As Hawaii’s flagship carrier, we remain committed to protecting our environment for future generations and reducing our carbon footprint every day and on every flight,” said Ken Rewick, Hawaiian’s vice president of flight operations. “We can do this by optimising our existing technology and maximising efficiency in all phases of flight.
“We look forward to the successful completion of ASPIRE goals on this historic and symbolic Earth Day journey and the opportunity to apply for more city-pairs in the future,” he added.
The green flight will see Hawaiian work with air traffic controllers and air navigation service providers to and optimise their gate-to-gate operations, including flight paths, arrivals and departures. The green flight will be operated using an Airbus A330 aircraft equipped with advanced satellite-based systems.
By implementing the ASPIRE procedures on the Honolulu-Auckland route, Hawaiian expects to use 1% less fuel, which equates to a reduction of 230 metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually.