Emirates Airline conducted two demonstration flights in July 2011. A flight from Perth, Australia to Dubai, and a second from Dubai to Brisbane, Australia. Emirates published the following statement in relation to the demonstration flights;
“Emirates takes its commitment to the environment very seriously and strives to be an industry innovator and leader. The report is more than a snap-snot of the performance of the Group, it will act as a future measure of success in all we do,” said Andrew Parker, Senior Vice-President, Public, Industry, International and Environmental Affairs. “Be it the airline, dnata’s passenger handling, or at any of our facilities, Emirates is focused on maximising eco-efficiency to minimise our environmental footprint.”
One example of The Emirates Group’s commitment to fuel efficiency is the recent participation of Emirates Airline in the INSPIRE (Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions) programme, with two test flights (one from Dubai to Brisbane, the second from Perth to Dubai). The aim of the INSPIRE initiative is to gauge the improved environmental impact of a ‘perfect flight’ – minimising on-ground delays, using expedient taxi- and runways, conducting gradual climb and descent paths � while flying direct optimum routes based on existing meteorological and airspace conditions.
The results from these two flights alone resulted in a combined total saving of over 6,250 litres of fuel and more than 16,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions. Since 2003 Emirates has worked with the Air Traffic Service providers for flights to Australia and the emission savings of such operations over a five year period equate to potential savings of 9.6 million litres of fuel and 24,268 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. In 2011, based on an estimated 63 flights per week, approximate savings for the year would be in the order of 2.47 million litres of fuel and 6,850 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
“The INSPIRE flights are only one example of our continuous efforts to reduce our environmental impact and our commitment to a greener future,” explained Captain Alan Stealey, Divisional Senior Vice President Flight Operations. “These flights illustrate that Emirates’ long-term strategy to address the environmental concerns of our customers, our partners and our industry has become a part of the everyday operating fabric of our organisation, not just something we recognise once a year.”
The two INSPIRE flights are only the latest example of Emirates’ participation in such initiatives. Emirates conducted its first reduced-emissions test flights back in 2003, and has worked with other industry stakeholders to establish the ‘flexible tracks’ initiative over the airspace of Africa, Asia and Australia.
Emirates acknowledges that the implementation of endeavours such as INSPIRE would not be possible without the support of all the parties involved, including air traffic management organisations in Australia, India, the Maldives, Oman, Sri Lanka and especially in the UAE. The programme involves close cooperation between a range of stakeholders, including the Dubai Airports Company, Dubai Air Navigation Services, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre, DGMAN Oman, the Airports Authority of India, the Maldives Airport Company, Sri Lanka Airport and Aviation Services, Airservices Australia (enroute, and in particular Brisbane and Perth air traffic control), ATNS South Africa, Brisbane Airport, Perth Airport, and the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport – as well as countless other staff and agencies.”11