From the Wires
United Teams with FAA to Save Fuel, Aid Environment
11 Fuel Reduction Initiatives Create Substantial Carbon Emissions Savings
Nov. 12, 2008 09:00 AM
CHICAGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines will become the
first U.S. carrier to demonstrate how next-generation technologies could save
more than two thousand gallons of fuel and cut up to 55,000 pounds of carbon
emissions on a single, trans-Pacific flight.
As part of the Asia and South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions
(ASPIRE), United flight 870 will fly from Sydney to San Francisco on Nov. 14
and will use up to the minute fuel data, priority takeoff clearance, the
opening up of restricted airspace, and new arrival procedures -- all of which
are possible with new technology -- to generate significant fuel and emissions
savings. Within minutes of landing, United will calculate and publish the
actual savings realized on this flight.
"California leads the nation in protecting the environment and fighting
climate change so it's fitting that United Airlines' first flight as part its
new initiative to reduce emissions is landing here in our great state," says
Governor Schwarzenegger. "This exciting new technology will generate
significant fuel and greenhouse gas emissions savings and shows the world how
innovation can help reduce our carbon footprint."
Prior to departure, United will evaluate flight data and will file a
preferred route that is most efficient for weather conditions. After reaching
cruising altitude, United Captain Tom Spratt may alter his flight path, which
is usually not possible with today's technology, to take advantage of updated
weather conditions. Ninety minutes from San Francisco, Captain Spratt will
request a special arrival procedure developed by United and Boeing that will
generate additional fuel savings with a smooth, continuous descent rather than
the traditional step-down approach.
"Next-generation technology and modernization of our air traffic control
system could save billions of pounds of carbon emissions every year, and
United is pleased to partner with the FAA and provide important data from
ASPIRE to demonstrate these savings," says Pete McDonald, Chief Administrative
Officer -- United Airlines. "New technology will also improve air travel for
millions of consumers by reducing delays and ensuring a more consistent travel
Data from the flight will be analyzed by NASA and the FAA in its ongoing
effort to accelerate the development and implementation of new operational
ground systems and pilot procedures to reduce the environmental footprint for
all phases of flight.
ASPIRE is a multilateral partnership of the Federal Aviation
Administration, Airservices Australia, and Airways New Zealand. United and
Boeing have been partnering on the Tailored Arrivals program in San Francisco
to evaluate fuel reduction techniques on descent and to facilitate the
development of modern Air Traffic Control systems.
United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) operates nearly 3,000* flights a day on
United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international
destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and
Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region,
Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers
based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 975 destinations in
162 countries worldwide. United's 52,000 employees reside in every U.S. state
and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information
about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com.
*Based on United's flight schedule between October 2008 and October 2009.
SOURCE United Airlines