No other area of our organisation provides as large an opportunity to reduce our environmental impact as fuel efficiency, measured in how much fuel is burned to carry a defined number of passengers over a defined distance. An airline’s fuel efficiency is affected by a number of factors, including technology such as aircraft and engine type, maintenance processes such as engine washing, and operational practices such as cruise climbs. Various weight-saving measures such as lightweight cargo containers also play an important role. Our passenger fuel efficiency for 2012-13, as measured in litres/100 passenger kilometres flown, totalled 4.07 L/100PK, an improvement of 1% compared against the previous reporting period of 2011-12. This incremental improvement is attributed to the introduction of new, more fuel-efficient aircraft, given our already well-developed efforts to reduce fuel consumption and fuel burn.
The Emirates average fleet age is 6 years vs. the IATA average fleet age of 11.7 years.
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.
- The Emirates fleet, including 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).
- We continue 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 our 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.
Our 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.