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Departure procedure for Airbus A380
Heathrow, NATS*, Singapore Airlines and Airbus have launched an improved departure procedure for the Airbus A380, saving even more fuel, emitting even less CO2 and remaining within the airport’s strict noise procedures. This new procedure saves an additional 300kg of fuel per flight, equating to one metric tonne of emissions of CO2 on a flight to Singapore, as well as reducing NOx emissions.
The companies worked together over the last year to develop the new airline procedure, which has been put into place immediately. A380s departing Heathrow now use less power when taking off, saving fuel and reducing NOx emissions. Once a height of 1,500 feet has been reached, the aircraft uses flexible acceleration up to 4,000 feet, before continuing its journey.
“The A380 represents the most significant step forward in reducing aircraft fuel burn and resultant emissions in four decades whilst offering greater comfort on board,” said Tom Williams, Executive Vice President Programmes, Airbus. “In fact, the A380 consumes less than three litres of fuel per passenger per 100 km.”
The A380 is also significantly quieter than other large aircraft. It produces half the noise energy at takeoff and cuts the area exposed to equivalent noise levels around the airport runway by half. At landing the A380 is producing three to four times less noise energy, contributing significantly to reduce the noise impact whilst enabling the airline to carry more passengers per flight.
Jane Dawes, Operational Noise and Air Quality Manager from Heathrow said, “The Airbus A380 is already the most fuel efficient aircraft in commercial service, burning 17 per cent less fuel per passenger than other large aircraft. By 2020 one in ten flights at Heathrow could use A380s. It is important that we work constantly with our airlines to improve operating processes, and the introduction of these new departure procedures demonstrates our commitment to reducing emissions.”
Said Captain Gerard Yeap, Senior Vice President Flight Operations, Singapore Airlines, “Our cooperation with Heathrow, NATS and Airbus goes to show what can be achieved when stakeholders share the same goal of reducing carbon emissions and fuel burn. Singapore Airlines is committed to playing its part in ensuring greener skies and sustainable air travel, and we hope this partnership will serve as a model for airport operators and governments elsewhere in the world.”
CO2 and fuel benefit is mostly coming from the new sequence of actions, i.e. early acceleration at 1,500 ft with green-dot up to 4,000 ft. Green dot being approximately the best lift to drag ratio speed, it provides in general the lowest fuel consumption up to 4,000 ft.
NOx benefit is coming from switching from TOGA to FLEX procedures. TOGA procedure is a procedure where the thrust lever is on the “Take-off Go-Around” position, meaning full thrust is used.. A FLEX procedure is when the thrust lever is on the “MCT/FLEX” position for take-off, meaning the thrust is adapted (reduced) to the actual aircraft take-off weight, in order to decrease engine stress and increase its under-wing life.
Singapore Airlines has now adopted optimum FLEX and early acceleration at 1,500 ft with green dot up to 4,000 ft as the current departure procedure.
* NATS provides air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace, and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic
EVERETT, Wash., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has delivered two 777 Freighters to Southern Air Holdings, Inc., the first 777s to join the Norwalk, Conn.-based cargo carrier’s fleet.
The addition of these two airplanes makes Southern Air the world’s first aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) operator to feature the 777 Freighter.
“We are thrilled to take delivery of our first two Boeing 777 Freighters, the most advanced aircraft of its kind, offering unmatched payload, range and fuel efficiency,” said Daniel J. McHugh, CEO of Southern Air. “The addition of these two airplanes begins a new era for Southern Air, as we are now able to provide a mix of next- and current-generation freighter airplanes to serve our customers’ needs. Boeing is a valued business partner and we are proud to celebrate this milestone for our company with them.”
Southern Air has entered into an agreement to operate the two 777 Freighters on behalf of Thai Airways International. Thai Airways will utilize the full capacity of the 777 Freighters, becoming the first carrier in Southeast Asia to offer this capability to its freight customers.
“We are delighted to be the first in the region to provide this capability to our customers,” said Pruet Boobphakam, THAI executive vice president, Commercial Department and former acting managing director, Cargo & Mail Department. “The 777s are truly best-in-class planes and will be valuable additions to our cargo offerings.”
“With these new 777 Freighters, Southern Air is clearly making a further commitment to its customers and a strong investment in its future,” said Kevin Schemm, vice president of Sales, North America for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777 Freighter is the largest, most capable twin-engine freighter on the market and will deliver superior economies and advantages to Southern Air and its new partner, THAI Cargo.”
Filling the gap between mid-size widebody cargo airplanes and the larger 747 freighters, the 777 Freighter (with 102 tonnes of revenue payload) delivers lower tonne-mile costs, flies greater distances nonstop, and achieves the lowest trip costs of any large twin-engine freighter.
Southern Air is a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners. In addition to the new Boeing 777 Freighters, Southern Air operates a fleet of 16 Boeing 747 Freighter airplanes.
Fifth new regional office to consolidate company’s existing regional presence
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it will open a new Regional Support Office (RSO), in Mumbai, India – further strengthening its support for customers in this country. This will be the company’s fifth new support office to open in the past three years worldwide and is expected to begin operation in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010/11.
The new RSO in Mumbai will align Bombardier Aerospace’s existing business aircraft and commercial aircraft support services in the region situated in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai at the same location. The new RSO will be located in Andheri East near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The office will staff up to 12 employees consisting of Customer Support Account Managers, Field Service Representatives and Regional Support Managers by year’s end. This dedicated team will complement Bombardier’s regional Field Service Representatives located throughout India and its surrounding regions.
“The Asia-Pacific region is a key market for Bombardier, and we recognize how important this RSO is for both our business and commercial aircraft customers in the region,” said James Hoblyn, President, Customer Services and Specialized & Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace. “Strengthening our presence in India is among a number of recent changes we have introduced to improve overall response times and build stronger relationships with our customers around the world.”
Since embarking on its worldwide customer support expansion strategy in 2007, Bombardier has opened new RSOs for its commercial aircraft customers in Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Shanghai, China and Munich, Germany and has added dedicated service and support representatives in these regions. In addition, the company’s business aircraft division inaugurated its first Line Maintenance Facility for its Challenger and Global business jet customers in India through Air Works.
Bombardier’s plan to establish strategically located RSOs is designed to provide a comprehensive support package encompassing aircraft technical expertise, flight operations support and customer account management functions. As a result of the proximity to its operators’ bases, Bombardier can provide quicker service to customers in their language and time zone.
WASHINGTON – NASA’s International Space Station Program has won the
2009 Collier Trophy, which is considered the top award in aviation.
The National Aeronautic Association in Washington bestows the award
annually to recognize the greatest achievement in aeronautics or
astronautics in America.
The association says it selected the station “for the design,
development, and assembly of the of the world’s largest spacecraft,
an orbiting laboratory that promises new discoveries for mankind and
sets new standards for international cooperation in space.”
“We are very proud to receive the Collier Trophy,” NASA Administrator
Charles Bolden said. “This prestigious award is a testament to the
dedication and hard work of thousands of people around the world.
With our intention to extend station operations to at least 2020,
there are limitless possibilities for science and technological
The station is a joint project of NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the
European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the
Russian Federal Space Agency. The orbiting laboratory is nearing
completion and will mark the tenth anniversary of a continuous human
presence in orbit later this year.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our past achievements for building
and operating the space station, and we’re excited about the future,”
said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Space
Operations Mission Directorate. “There’s a new era ahead of potential
groundbreaking scientific research aboard the station.”
Congress designated the space station a national laboratory in 2005.
The station provides a research platform that takes advantage of the
microgravity conditions 220 miles above Earth’s surface across a wide
variety of fields. These include human life sciences, biological
science, human physiology, physical and materials science, and Earth
and space science.
After completion of assembly later this year, the station’s crew and
its U.S., European, Japanese and Russian laboratory facilities will
expand the pace of space-based research to unprecedented levels.
Nearly 150 experiments are under way on the station. More than 400
experiments have been conducted since research began nine years ago.
These experiments already are leading to advances in the fight
against food poisoning, new methods for delivering medicine to cancer
cells and the development of more capable engines and materials for
use on Earth and in space.
Supporting an international crew of six, the station has a mass of
almost 800,000 pounds and a habitable volume of more than 12,000
cubic feet. It is approximately the size of a five-bedroom home. The
station uses state-of-the-art systems to generate solar electricity,
recycle nearly 85 percent of its water and generate much of its own
oxygen. Nearly 190 people have visited the station, which is
supporting its 22nd resident crew.
The award will be formally presented to the International Space
Station Program team on May 13. The trophy is named for Robert J.
Collier, a publisher who commissioned it in 1910 with the intent to
encourage the U.S. aviation community to strive for excellence and
achievement in aeronautic development.
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