Singapore is aiming to sign an agreement at the Singapore Airshow to join the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE), and Singapore Airlines is aiming to have an ASPIRE flight.

Government sources say the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is planning to sign an agreement with the US FAA at the Singapore Airshow early next month so it can join the ASPIRE programme.

The sources also say SIA is aiming to have an ASPIRE flight. One of the government sources says SIA might use an Airbus A380 for the flight.

ASPIRE is a joint initiative between the US FAA, Airservices Australia, the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau and air navigation services provider Airways New Zealand.

Airlines such as Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Japan Airlines and United Airlines have conducted ASPIRE flights to demonstrate and measure the emission reductions and fuel savings achievable through the use of more efficient procedures.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news