A major part of this in-service focus is the jetliners themselves. Airbus’ latest products – including the A320neo, A350 XWB and A380, along with the newly launched A330neo – are all highly fuel efficient, delivering savings to operators while also reducing CO2 emissions.
In addition to its aircraft, the company supports initiatives which improve fuel savings for operators during commercial service – whether in flight or taxiing on the ground. To further optimise the operational efficiency in-flight, the company – through its Airbus ProSky subsidiary – is working closely with a range of partners to develop new air traffic management solutions, which achieve fuel savings through optimised routing of commercial aircraft.
Airbus offers further support with fuel-consultancy services, taking advantage of its expertise with the amount of data that modern aircraft generate to deliver savings to airlines. The company has partnered with IBM to develop Smarter Fleet software, which will be capable of providing fuel consumption data and analysis to operators.
On the ground, Airbus has joined forces with EGTS International – a joint venture of Honeywell Aerospace and Safran – to explore the electric eTaxi system for A320 Family aircraft. This option would allow jetliners to push-back from the gate without a tug, taxi-out to the runway, and return to the gate after landing without operating the main engines – using the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to drive electric motors fitted on the main landing gear wheels.
Bringing a range of its in-service fuel-saving initiatives together, Airbus is working closely with customers such as Air Canada and Air France to perform “perfect flights.” These missions combine environmental best practices including the latest aircraft technologies and operational techniques, optimised ATM and biofuel to achieve 50 per cent fuel reductions.