|For Immediate Release Date: 10 April 2008 No:15|
Welcomes Shorter Route Over
call this route the Olympic Bypass. It will alleviate air traffic
delays and congestion, as flights from Europe to
“The Olympic Bypass is the result of numerous discussions we have had with the Chinese authorities since 2006. By shortening the route by 60 nautical miles, we will save about 83 thousand tonnes of CO2 annually. This is a win-win for all – the Chinese Government, travellers, airlines and most importantly, the environment,” said Bisignani.
Olympic Bypass demonstrates the Chinese Government’s continued commitment
to improve efficiency in air traffic management in
In 2007, IATA announced a four-pillar strategy for achieving carbon neutral growth in the medium term on the way to a carbon emission free future.
§ Invest in new technology
§ More efficient infrastructure
§ Improved operations based on industry best practice
§ Economic measures that provide effective incentives to improve environmental performance
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has endorsed the four-pillar strategy, as well as the target to improve fuel efficiency by a further 25% by 2020 compared to 2005.
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Notes for editors:
(designator Y-1) was
launched in April 2006 and cuts the flight times between Europe and
§ Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) is the reduction in the standard vertical separation required between aircraft. It increases the number of aircraft that can safely fly in a particular volume of airspace. It doubles the airspace capacity between 8,900 metres and 12,500 metres by halving the vertical separation for aircraft from 600 metres to 300 metres.
§ Facts about B208
o Expected flights a week: 475 flights
o Distance saved per flight: 60 nautical miles or 111 kilometres
o Annual fuel savings: 26,000 tonnes
o Annual CO2 savings: 82,672 tonnes