Partnership Working Drives Airline Fuel Savings
The Flight Efficiency Partnership, a group made up of NATS, airlines and flight planning providers, enabled 19,000 tonnes of fuel savings during the last financial year.
Set up by NATS, the group meets regularly to identify practical ways of improving flight efficiency and cutting fuel costs.
Last year it established changes to route restrictions and raised standing agreements allowing airlines to accurately flight plan in line with real world procedures. As a result, aircraft are now able to fuel for the routes they actually fly, as opposed to the legacy routes and levels that are no longer current.
Andy Shand, NATS General Manager of Customers Affairs, said: “Working with our customers to improve the efficiency of our airspace means they can flight plan more accurately, therefore needing less fuel to begin with and then burning less fuel in-flight.
“The 19,000 tonnes of fuel we saved last year is beyond our 18,000 tonne target and that is testament to the effectiveness of the partnership and the excellent relationship we have with our customers.”