Airbus helps airlines further improve their environmental performance

Published on : Thursday, May 21, 2015

Airbus319_02Airbus has launched the “Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme”, a long-term partnership programme set up to help airlines reduce their environmental footprint through a tailored offering of services and expertise.

Based on four pillars (aircraft technology, aircraft operations, Air Traffic Management -ATM- and sustainable aviation fuels), the programme enables airlines to minimise their environmental impact, by harnessing the full potential of Airbus’ latest generation, fuel efficient aircraft to minimise fuel burn and noise in their operations. Airbus will accompany each airline throughout the deployment of the programme.

The Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme is currently in a phase of developing pilot projects, during which Airbus will work closely with Cathay Pacific, British Airways and KLM. The feedback and learning from these three pilot projects will be taken on board before the programme is extended to operators worldwide from 2016.

“We are very pleased to see the Sustainable Aviation Engagement programme taking shape with world leading airlines as British Airways, Cathay Pacific and KLM”, said Jean-Luc Taupiac, Airbus’ Head of Environment.” By working closely with our customers and building long-term partnerships we offer them tailored solutions and expertise to meet their environmental objectives. The benefits unfolded with the ‘Perfect Flight”, a winning combination of using latest aircraft technology, best aircraft operations, optimized Air Traffic Management and sustainable aviation fuels, really unlocks the full potential to minimize the environmental footprint.”

Jonathon Counsell, British Airways’ Head of Environment said:

“We really welcome the opportunity to work closely with Airbus to demonstrate the step change in environmental performance of the next generation of aircraft delivering significantly lower noise and carbon emissions”

Dr. Mark Watson, Head of Environmental Affairs, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited said:

“As a leading airline that has set ambitious targets to address its environmental impacts and integrate sustainability into all aspects of its business, Cathay Pacific seeks to work with strategic partners that understand the significance of the challenges posed by future growth. Our engagement with Airbus is a key opportunity to work together to draw upon the potential that advanced aerospace technology offers in this regard, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise. The learning derived from the programme will enable us to drive future improvements within our business and contribute to reducing the industry’s overall environmental footprint.”

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