Etihad Airways marked Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020 with a special ‘ eco-flight ‘ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, featuring a range of initiatives designed to illustrate the broad commitment of the airline to sustainable air and ground practises.
On January 13, at 2.20am, Flight EY 57 departed using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the newest and most efficient type in the Etihad Airways fleet, which consumes at least 15 per cent less fuel than any type of aircraft previously flown by the airline. To reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions, the aircraft must follow an optimised flight route supported by European airspace navigation service provider Eurocontrol.
A range of other initiatives will be undertaken before, during and after the flight to highlight incremental opportunities to reduce the airline’s impact on the environment. Tony Douglas, Group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Sustainable practise is a critical and continuing challenge for the air transport industry, which is striving to reduce carbon emissions and waste, while meeting soaring demand for air travel. It is also a key priority for the Abu Dhabi Emirate, where Etihad is a key driver of both social and economic growth.
“UAE’s national theme this year is’ 2020: Toward the next 50.’ Etihad is committed to working continuously with a range of partners as part of a broader national focus on environmental sustainability.” At the core of its commitment to sustainable flying, Etihad Airways continues to invest in the latest generation, most fuel-efficient aircraft, increasing its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and preparing to induct three new types, the wide-bodied Airbus 350-1000 and Boeing 777-9, and the narrow-bodied Airbus A321neo.
Etihad Airways has recently partnered with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Markets to become the first airline to secure commercial financing subject to compliance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is exploring options for similar financing of other initiatives