Etihad’s ‘eco-flight’ highlights the sustainability initiatives that could deliver road map for future air travel practices, both in the air and on the ground

The flight was timed to coincide with the start of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, an annual event held in the UAE capital to highlight sustainable initiatives across a broad range of areas. The aircraft followed an optimised flight route facilitated by the European air navigation service provider Eurocontrol to help reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. “Sustainable practice 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”, says Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group.

The airline has also announced the Etihad Greenliner Programme, through which its entire fleet of Boeing 787s will be used as flying testbeds for a range of sustainability initiatives by Etihad and its industry partners.

As part of its sustainability drive Etihad is also implementing or considering initiatives including the waterless cleaning of aircraft exteriors, improving presentation and removing grease and dirt to ‘smooth’ the fuselage and minimise aerodynamic ‘drag’; and ‘eco-wash’ cleaning of aircraft engines to help improve fuel efficiency and minimise emissions.

It is also aiming to reduce single use plastics by 80% by 2022 and this week committed to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 and halving of its 2019 net emission levels by 2035.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham