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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Airbus Launches Sustainable Aviation Program Alongside Airlines

Juliet Van Wagenen

Cathay is one of the airlines participating in the sustainable program trials
Cathay is one of the airlines participating in the sustainable program trials. Photo: Airbus

[Avionics Today 05-21-15] Airbus has launched the Sustainable Aviation Engagement Program, a long-term partnership program 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 program enables airlines to reduce their environmental impact, by minimizing fuel burn and noise in their operations. Airbus will accompany each airline throughout the deployment of the program.

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

“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 program will enable us to drive future improvements within our business and contribute to reducing the industry’s overall environmental footprint,” said Mark Watson, head of environmental affairs at Cathay Pacific Airways.

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