Etihad Introduces Green Cleaning

ABU DHABI’S national carrier Etihad Airways has decided to introduce the Permagard exterior cleaning programme to its entire aircraft fleet.  The process cleans and completely seals the aircraft’s exterior with a fine polymer layer, which protects and extends the life of the paintwork, dramatically reduces the need for water washing and, in initial trials, has been credited with reducing fuel consumption.  Permagard also maintains a like-new “wet look” during the lifespan of the paint, which maximises the appearance of the aircraft and is good for image and branding. “The core benefit of this programme is the ability to clean and preserve the aircraft’s exterior for an extended period, reducing significantly the frequency of washing, deferring the need to repaint aircraft and cutting the time they spend on the ground,” said President of Permagard Aviation, Luc d’Argence.  “Combined with savings associated with cleaning and reduced aircraft downtime, the treatment delivers not just clean, green aircraft but significant reductions in water usage and cleaning fluids being released into the environment.”
Etihad estimates a reduction of 2.6 million gallons (10 million lit) of water − or 75% − in 2010, from reduced washing of aircraft, as well as a 96% cut in the use of cleaning fluids.
Singapore Airlines Route Adjustments
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) will be changing its route network over the coming months which will increase frequencies to several destinations but suspend flights to Pakistan and Nanjing, China, because of poor load factors.  The changes started on December 18, 2009, with an additional service on the Singapore-Moscow-Houston route, an increase to five per week from four.  From January 19, 2010, non-stop Singapore-Newark flights returned to daily operations from its previous five per week.  The German city of Munich will become a new destination for SIA (see opposite) when it launches its summer schedules to the northern hemisphere in late March.  Flights will operate five times per week on a Singapore-Munich-Manchester routing, which will mean Manchester rotations will be increased to five times weekly.  Also from the start of the summer season, Colombo and Dhaka will each be served daily, up from five flights per week.  The carrier will increase the frequency of links to the Indian cities of Mumbai and Delhi to twice daily from March and June 2010 respectively, while rotations to Seoul will increase from June 2010 to 18 times weekly, up from the current 14, and one of the daily flights continues on to San Francisco.