April 6: Air France operated its first transatlantic flight optimised “from start to finish” to reduce noise and fuel emissions as part of the AIRE (Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions) programme, a joint initiative between the European Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), run by the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR-JU) at the European end.
Using a Boeing 747-400ER, the flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle took off at 11:15 French time and landed in Miami in Florida at 14:45 local time, and was the result of cooperation between Aéroports de Paris (Parisian Airports Authority), the French Civil Aviation Authority, NATS, Nav-Portugal, NAV Canada, the FAA, (SESAR-JU) and the airline.
During the flight procedures were implemented to improve the aircraft’s energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, beginning with the taxi from the hardstand at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. During the cruise phase, optimum altitude and speed were constantly selected to cut fuel consumption in conjunction with en-route air traffic control centres. The airline estimates that nearly three metric tons of fuel was saved, equating to up to nine metric tonnes of CO2 emission.