Abu Dhabi, 28 October / WAM / On 23 October, Etihad Airways was able to operate the most sustainable flight, benefiting from the experiences, studies and operational efficiencies it has developed over the past two years since the launch of its intensive sustainability programme. Flight EY20 from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi was able to: 72% reduction in CO2 emissions in absolute terms compared to a similar flight operated in 2019.
The flight comes as part of the Etihad Greenliner programme, a two-year partnership between Etihad and Boeing, in which the two companies will use the Etihad fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft as a testbed to improve many aspects of sustainability in partnership with leading organizations in the aviation sector.
There is no doubt that the success of the process of reaching a sustainable product on board the aircraft requires the concerted efforts of several parties at the sector level, coordination with the airspace management to obtain the optimal flight path, and possession of modern advanced technologies on board the cockpit, and sustainable aviation fuel, in addition to the processes and procedures related to condensation paths. Handling at the airport.
In an industry first, flight EY20 explored ways to avoid condensation paths. The consortium worked with UK-based company SATAVIA to develop a plan to identify areas most vulnerable to ice crystal formation in the atmosphere, which results in the formation of a harmful condensation path to take place. Modify the itinerary and avoid those areas.
Based on the original and revised flight plan, the strategy was able to avoid the production of approximately 64 tons of CO2, resulting in a fuel fine reduced to 100kg, or 0.48t of CO2 emitted.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer and Commercial Operations at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The flight generated noteworthy savings. It is also worth noting that when Etihad pledged to reduce carbon emissions to zero, it was recognized that this would not be achieved without cooperation. constructive and positive relations between the various partners and stakeholders in the sector.This is exactly what Etihad has done through the sustainable journey.Equally important, Etihad, Boeing and their partners, airports, air navigation service providers and suppliers, have been able to benefit from the trip to identify other aspects that need more of improvement.”
He added, “The most important thing about the Greenliner program is that it allows exploring the art of the possible. Of course, it is known that sustainable aviation fuel has become a viable alternative to existing fossil fuels, but at the present time it is very expensive, and the process of extracting it and supplying aircraft with it poses some challenges for airlines. Flight EY20 came To bear witness to these drawbacks, Etihad was not able to supply the aircraft with the 38 per cent of sustainable biofuel prescribed to it directly, due to the basic infrastructure at London Heathrow Airport. Serving all airport users However, while Flight EY20 has not fully tapped into the potential of sustainable biofuels, the potential benefit of reducing carbon emissions is real and real, and the industry and governments should work together to address these constraints by funding research and development efforts on a global scale. In terms of sustainable biofuels and other stages of planning and operating flights, the Federation looks forward to working on finding appropriate solutions to these obstacles.”
“The EY20 flight has compiled a long list of small changes that have been worked on and developed over the past two years under the Greenliner programme, which is designed to identify the various opportunities available today to reduce carbon emissions, rather than wait for future technologies to find appropriate solutions,” Al Blouki said. Over the past two years, the availability of solutions does not mean that they are easy to implement on a regular basis due to the various constraints and barriers that exist throughout the aviation ecosystem.The sustainable EY20 flight throughout has made a presentation that clearly shows the art of the possible, and our next step will be on how to implement it all in a practical and sustainable way. The challenge faced by Etihad, which it also accepted in cooperation with its partners.Etihad is determined to operate its flights sustainably and this principle will not deviate from it in addition to ensuring the safety and security of its passengers and crew, and the company is looking forward to taking more of these steps, small perhaps, but with a big impact. “.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “I would like to particularly commend our partners Boeing, NATS, Eurocontrol, General Electronic Aviation, Vitol, Satavia, deStar, Sola Holland, ButterflyCup, Agthia, Jubail Island and dnata Catering. This flight would not have been possible without it. Mutual cooperation between all parties, and our commitment to achieving the savings we have achieved. Each of these partners played a significant role in achieving this giant step.”
He added, “The reduction in carbon emissions we achieved was not the result of off-budgets or neutrals, but rather the result of operational steps and efficiencies that were used throughout the journey. However, if strictly neutralized, it will play an important role in our sustainable future. The UAE has In addition to its ability to reduce pollution from water and the atmosphere, if maintained properly, the mangrove forests will have the potential to avoid the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Each guest who has the opportunity to travel on that flight will have a mangrove tree that they will adopt in the mangrove farms on Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi. Adoption includes interest and reforestation in forests with carbon storage potential.”
The cooperation came to cover three phases, pre-flight, on-board and post-flight planning. This included aircraft preparation, engines, optimum flight path planning and take-off systems, flight and landing trajectories, and reduced formation of condensate paths. Etihad also collaborated with its guests to carry light baggage with a reward for those who meet this requirement.
The Federation was keen to choose all food products in a way that takes into account the conditions of sustainability, with the use of sustainable crockery and light cutlery. Noting that the crockery is subject to regular recycling, and at the end of its service life, it is returned to the factory to be ground and re-cooked. Guests also received special eco-friendly water bottles made from plant-based materials, and limited-edition pouches recycled from end-of-life materials on board. As a result, 80 percent of single-use plastics have been saved.
Upon the flight’s arrival in Abu Dhabi, it was received by the Etihad fleet of electric ground vehicles dedicated to logistical services such as unloading baggage.
In cases where the use of electric vehicles is not permitted, Etihad has purchased biodiesel for its other vehicles such as buses transporting passengers between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which means that all passengers, including those departing to Dubai, had a completely carbon-neutral trip.
The data collected on the flight was added to Etihad’s growing data on flight performance, and was analyzed using analytics tools from Greenliner partner General Electric Digital to improve understanding of flight performance and allow for rapid identification of unsustainable activities.