Etihad Airways has used better aircraft routing to cut carbon dioxide emissions on two flights from Australia to Abu Dhabi by a combined total of nine tonnes.
The carrier worked with a number of air traffic control centres to enable the two Airbus A340s to fly routes that took advantage of prevailing winds.
It saved a total of 2.8 tonnes of fuel, Etihad said, on the flights from Sydney and Melbourne. The carrier estimates that if similar savings were possible on just one flight per week between Australia and Abu Dhabi it would cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1,100 tonnes.
In July this year, Etihad took part in a research initiative organised by the Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions (INSPIRE) which saw aircraft operated in a manner intended to set new standards in environmental best practice.