The Singapore Airlines
(SIA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), under the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) partnership, have launched regular ‘green’ flights across Asia and the Pacific. The regular ‘green’ flights, which comes under the ‘ASPIRE-Daily City Pair’ program, aims to deliver gate-to-gate environmental best practices for pairs of airports throughout the Asia Pacific, one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world.
The Singapore Airlines and CAAS, which are working together with the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, launched the second regular ‘city pair’ Los Angeles to Singapore flight on May 16, 2011. The Flight SQ37 operating nonstop from Los Angeles to Singapore will be employing enhanced gate-to-gate air traffic management operational procedures to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions in all phases of the flight.
Earlier, the first daily ‘city pair’ flight was launched between Auckland and San Francisco on February 21, 2011. The ASPIRE partners will be introducing more such ‘city pair’ flights over the next few months.
According to the airline, the air traffic management best practices, which significantly reduces fuel burn and carbon emissions, to be utilized for the Los Angeles-Singapore ‘green’ flight includes ‘User-Preferred Routes’ ‘Dynamic Airborne Reroute Procedures’ and ‘30/30 Reduced Oceanic Separation’, which allow pilots to take full advantage of atmospheric conditions, such as prevailing winds, to reduce separation between aircraft and shorten flight time; and ‘Time-Based Arrivals Management’ and ‘Arrivals Optimization’ which allow aircraft to fly with engines set at idle mode in continuous descent from a high altitude during the landing phase of the flight, thus reducing fuel burn.
The Singapore Airlines currently operates a modern passenger fleet of more than 100 aircraft and its network, including Singapore Airlines Cargo and SilkAir destinations, covering a total of 100 destinations in 40 countries.