Abu Dhabi cuts CO2 emissions with air space move
An Etihad Airbus A330-200 has become the first aircraft in the region to perform a new approach to Abu Dhabi International Airport, designed to cut CO2 emissions.
The environment friendly RNP-AR (Required Navigation Performance - Authorisation Required) approach was carried out by a demonstration flight from Bahrain on Thursday.
The navigation technology, designed by Airbus unit Quovadis, uses continuous descent operations and shorter trajectories that in turn shorten the approach paths to the runway.
This reduces noise, flight times and minimises fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Etihad said in a statement.
It is estimated that it will reduce the fuel consumption between 100 and 200kg per approach resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 20,000 tonnes per year.
Following the success of the demonstration flight, the procedures will be published this summer and flown on a daily basis pending approval from the UAE regulatory authority.
Other airlines will also be able to fly these procedures, provided they have received the proper operational approval from their authorities.
Along with Etihad Airways and Quovadis, other partners in the project include the Abu Dhabi Airport Company, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, and ADAC's air traffic controllers, the statement said.
Richard Hill, Etihad Airways chief operations officer, said: " Etihad Airways is keen on promoting efficient flights with as little environmental impact as possible.
"This project is very important for us and we are pleased to have partnered with Quovadis, ADAC and GCAA to make Abu Dhabi's air space more efficient.
"We are looking forward to flying RNP-AR approaches in Abu Dhabi and in other destinations where they have been implemented."
Sebastien Borel, Quovadis' commercial director added: "Changing airspace and bringing new concepts is always very challenging and here this has been achieved through cooperation and coordination. Indeed, the team in Abu Dhabi is committed to bring what is best to their airspace."
Less than a year ago, Quovadis was contracted by Etihad Airways and ADAC to develop RNP-AR procedures for both Abu Dhabi International and Al Bateen Airports.