A day in the life of Emirates and the environment

A look at a typical day at Emirates and how we try to make an environmental difference.

8.00am: Emirates executives are meeting with one of our aircraft suppliers about how to save more weight from its design. Collaborative design and planning will help save weight, fuel burn and C02 emissions. Pursuing lighter and stronger materials in aircraft chosen by Emirates makes them more efficient, burning less fuel and therefore reducing emissions. One example involves Emirates and Airbus cutting five tons of further weight from future A380s.

8.45am: A customer in Mumbai checks in to fly to Dubai on Emirates using our electronic check-in system. To date we have saved significant paper and therefore thousands of mature trees. Further, Emirates’ enforcement of set cabin and hold baggage weight limits ensures that for every kilogram of weight saved, 34,000 liters of fuel is saved each year. 

A day in life of Emirates and the environment

10.10am: An Emirates flight has departed for Melbourne. Using pioneering technology developed by Emirates and Airservices Australia (ASA), this aircraft will follow prevailing winds to save precious time and resources on this 14 hour journey – making up to an 8% fuel saving. Instead of traditional fixed route structures over land-based navigation fixes, we have worked with ASA to develop and utilize inertial GPS-enhanced navigation fixes that will allow the flight to follow the best tailwind to track deep into the Southern Ocean on its way Downunder.

11.00am: Emirates’ new A380 aircraft is departing for New York. This aircraft, which is 30% quieter as it departs and lands into John F. Kennedy International, will also use up to 30% less fuel per passenger than typical other aircraft crossing the Atlantic.

2.00pm: Emirates cabin crew arrive at Group Headquarters in Dubai by bus from staff accommodation. They are seamlessly checked in and move from Headquarters to the airport and aircraft through an advanced design that was purpose-built for Emirates to ensure efficiency, ease of travel and best use of resources. They access their departing aircraft by a specially designed tunnel connecting Headquarters to the airside terminal and aircraft. Much of Emirates new dedicated airport infrastructure at Terminal 3 is underground which can save energy requirements by as much as 80%.

2.20pm: Employees from dnata and other Emirates Group companies are meeting to plan their annual cleaning of the Dubai Creek program, where 30 employees will don scuba gear to help keep Dubai’s famous waterway cleaner for another year.

4.00pm: One of Emirates new Boeing 777-300ER, which uses some of the most advanced aircraft engines in the world, is taxiing to its aerobridge at Dubai Airport after landing from London. The crew are using just one engine to taxi the aircraft, saving precious fuel.

4.30pm: In Emirates’ new state-of-the-art Flight Catering operation, employees are separating waste for recycling, including tons of paper, aluminum, and office waste. Emirates recycles over 100 tons of waste each month.

6.35pm: An Emirates aircraft is flying over Ukrainian air space on its way to Toronto. This was previously a rarity until Emirates negotiated aviation access in Ukrainian airspace on certain routes that saves five minutes per flight.

9.30pm: An Emirates flight from Germany lands at Dubai Airport. All newspapers and paper waste on board is separated by our ground crew and prepared for recycling. Five tons a day of paper will be recycled, saving 35,000 trees a year.
11.05pm: Members of Emirates Engineering are cleaning the engines of an Emirates SkyCargo aircraft as part of its ritual maintenance process. A clean and well maintained engine is at its most efficient and will use less fuel. Carbon dioxide emissions are also cut. The team are ensuring they remove pollutants that stick to the compressors of engines to allow for future optimal performance. 

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