Most passengers may not realise that the type and age of an aircraft directly influence the amount of emissions into the atmosphere. Like modern car engines, modern aircraft engines are 30-40% more efficient than those of 15 years ago. At Emirates, we have one of the youngest fleets in the world. The average age of our aircraft is just over six years – compared to the global average of more than 13 years.
As a result, our fleet’s average fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions are more than 25% better than the IATA global fleet average (as measured by IATA).
We were the first airline to place an order for this ultra-efficient twin-deck, four-aisle aircraft.
Emirates A380 Environmental Facts:
- The Emirates A380 burns up to 20% less fuel per seat than its nearest competitor. This is the most significant advancement in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in four decades. Lower fuel burn means lower CO2 emissions.
- The Emirates A380 uses a range of lightweight materials that account for 25% of its structure.
- The Engine Alliance GP7200 engines comfortably meet the strict new ICAO Stage Four noise level standards.
- Emirates fleet, including our A380s, has 25% better fuel efficiency than the IATA global fleet average.
- Larger aircraft mean fewer take-off and landings (in passenger terms, this would be the equivalent of flying up to seven smaller aircraft types, for certain versions of the Emirates A380).
- Emirates continues to work closely with Airbus to further reduce the weight of future A380s.
Emirates Boeing 777
Aircraft from the Boeing 777 family are the workhorses of the Emirates fleet, with more than 85 currently in service. It is a long-range, wide body aircraft and holds the world record for the longest non-stop distance ever travelled by a commercial aircraft – a whopping 22-hour- 42-minute flight from Hong Kong to London.
Sixty-five of our Boeing 777s are powered by the General Electric GE90 engine - the biggest jet engine in the world! The Boeing 777 operates on two engines - rather than four - and the engine itself uses less fuel to create each kilo of thrust, compared to other engine types. This makes it much more efficient.
Emirates’ fleet of twin-engine Boeing 777 aircraft powered by GE90 engines will emit 747,000 fewer tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions than similar aircraft types with four engines – the equivalent of removing 132,000 cars from the road, every year.
View the full details of all aircraft operated by Emirates.