Low cost airline Norwegian is acknowledged as one of the most fuel-efficient airlines in the world. The company is also one of the early adopters of AVTECH’s services, including tools to optimize the climb, cruise and descent phases for any single aircraft.
“By optimising the different phases of a flight, we can easily avoid unnecessary use of the engines, which means fuel savings,” said Stig Patey, pilot and project manager, Norwegian. “Just by flying smarter, we have counted an average fuel saving of 22 kg per flight in the descent phase and about 1,6 percent in the cruise phase.”
At first glance it may not sound very much but multiplied by the 4,4 billion passenger flights that operated worldwide during 2018 pre Covid-19, the overall fuel savings in the aviation industry in a normal year without a pandemic could be over 1,24 million tonnes per year. A saving that corresponds to the yearly CO2 emissions of around 300,000 Swedish households.
Today, things look very different as many airlines have been forced to heavily reduce their operation due to the pandemic and thus, for these companies, survival is paramount. With these potential savings in mind, when the travel situation begins to return to normal the Cruise Profile Optimizer is a great tool to return as a smarter and greener airline. Both saving money on fuel and heavily reducing emissions is achieved with very little effort from the airlines’ side.
“The savings we have achieved is good business for us and good news for the environment”, Patey says. “The best thing is that we did not have to invest in any new onboard equipment to achieve the reductions, since all calculations are delivered as a service individually to all aircraft.”