Etihad Airways marks Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020 by operating a special eco-flight from Abu Dhabi to Brussels.
Flight EY 57, departing at 2.20am on Monday 13th January, will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the newest and most efficient type in the Etihad fleet, which consumes at least 15% less fuel than any other aircraft flown by the airline.
This ‘green’ initiative spans all aspects of flight including the route. The aircraft will follow an optimised flight route facilitated by the European airspace navigation service provider, Eurocontrol to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “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. It is also a key priority for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in which Etihad is a critical driver of both social and economic development.
“This year’s national theme of the United Arab Emirates is ‘2020: Towards the next 50’. Etihad is committed to working continuously with a range of partners as part of a broader national focus on environmental sustainability.”
In addition to route and fuel changes, Etihad is also implementing sustainable initiatives around maintenance including waterless cleaning of the aircraft’s exterior and ‘eco-wash’ cleaning of its engines. On board, Etihad is also continuing its efforts to reduce the use of single use plastics by 80% by 2020.
If you’re wondering, it’s no coincidence that this eco-flight will land in Brussels as the Brussels Airport shares Etihad’s commitment to more sustainable air travel. The airport is ‘climate neutral’ by utilising its own carbon emissions, it uses electric buses for passenger transport around the premises and compressed natural gas to power service vehicles.
Etihad is a strong supporter of sustainable aviation fuels and continues to partner with providers including Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Tadweer (Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre) to lead future initiatives.