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Airbus Project Cuts Flight's Emissions In Half

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

01 November 2011


Using the latest fuel and air traffic management techonologies, Air France and Airbus in October claimed to have completed the world's most environmentally-friendly commercial flight having reduced carbon emissions by half.

The (AF6129) commercial flight from Toulouse-Blagnac to Paris-Orly combined for the first time the use of bio-fuels (50 per cent in each engine), optimised air traffic management (ATM) and efficient Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) - a technique to reduce fuel burn on landing, to minimise CO2 emissions.

Combining these technologies halved the overall CO2 emissions to 54 grams per passenger and kilometre. This is equivalent to a fuel efficiency of 2.2 litres of fuel per passenger and 100 kilometres.

“We are proud of the success achieved by this innovative project, which is a synthesis of our many initiatives in the area of sustainable development. This fully-optimised green flight is another proof of Air France’s commitment to combine air transport growth with controlled CO2 emissions.” said Bertrand Lebel, Air France Executive Vice President Organisation and Corporate Social Responsability.

“This flight is the perfect example of Airbus' global approach towards continuously reducing aviation’s CO2 footprint” said Andrea Debbane, Airbus Head Environmental Affairs. “This is not just a bio-fuel flight but the first flight that really puts into practice elements in the Airbus roadmap: bio-fuels, optimised ATM, green navigation.”

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