By Rebecca Bundhun
Airline's new Dubai to San Francisco service will test run eco-scheme to cut fuel use and carbon emissions.
Emirates Airline is set to trial a new environmental scheme with the launch of its new service from to Dubai to San Francisco, which will represent the world’s longest green flight, the airline announced on Wednesday.
The Dubai-based airline has worked closely with government agencies in Dubai, Russia, the United States, and other countries, to develop the green flight, which aims to save an estimated 2,000 gallons of fuel and 30,000 pounds of carbon emissions on the 16-hour non-stop service.
The new initiative has been dubbed as the “Emvironment flight” and the inaugural flight EK225 will depart Dubai at 8.55 am on December 15 and land in San Francisco at 1.00 pm local time on the same day.
“After months of planning, Emirates’ Emvironment flight is a best-practice trial of how airlines, governments, manufacturers, technology providers and airports can work together to be as eco-efficient as possible,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
“We have made a multi-billion dollar investment in new state-of-the-art eco-efficient aircraft,” he added.
Fuel and emission-saving measures for the new ultra eco-efficient 777-200LR include specially washing the plane before the flight to minimise drag, giving the aircraft priority clearance for both taxiing and departure, and planning a departure route out of Dubai that will allow the aircraft to reach its optimum cruise altitude as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In addition, the Emvironment flight will use revised routes within Russian airspace following negotiations with the Russian government.
“The San Francisco inaugural flight will be a dual milestone of commencing services between two great cities and also demonstrating the best our industry can offer in environmental efficiency,” Al-Maktoum said.
Emirates should be commended for their efforts to be more eco friendly to the atmosphere ....I expect much of this is driven by the need for costs savings being able to travel on modified air corridors etc to allow for fuel savings. Howver there is no mention here of being friendly to passengers who will continue to be exposed to the potential danger of Toxic Air Syndrome, from possible contimantion of engine oil in the cabin air drawn off from the 'bleed air-intakes' on the sides of the engines. (aerotoxic.org). If the airlines could change the engine oils to those without the organo phosphate toxins caleed TCP's, then crew and passengers would have a reduced risk of being affected by this nerve poison! This can be dealt with today if the airlines lean on the oil firms supplying these engine oils.