Three INSPIRE demo flights take to the skies

Three international flights will take to the skies this weekend to demonstrate how improved air traffic management can reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.
As part of the Indian Ocean Initiative to Reduce Emissions (INSPIRE) programme, Airservices air traffic controllers, in cooperation with other air navigation service providers and airports in the region, will use technological innovation and best practice air traffic procedures during every phase of the flights, from gate to gate.
Emirates flights UAE425, from Perth to Dubai, and UAE434, from Dubai to Brisbane (both operated using a Boeing 777) and Etihad flight ETD450, from Abu Dhabi to Sydney (operated by an Airbus A340), will be given unrestricted taxi and take-off and an uninterrupted climb to their initial cruise levels.
General Manager Air Traffic Control Jason Harfield said that all three flights will fly on company preferred routes within Australian upper airspace. “On arrival, the flights will be provided with unrestricted descents directly to final approach and the shortest taxi routes to the gate,” Mr Harfield said.
The INSPIRE flights aim to demonstrate efficiencies that can be achieved within the current Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean ATM environment by removing controllable system constraints as far as is practicable.
The reduction in emissions demonstrated through the INSPIRE programme will serve as a basis for establishing a credible emissions reduction target level.
“A South African Airways INSPIRE demonstration flight from Perth to Johannesburg, operated by an Airbus A340 on March 10, saved around 400kg of fuel. This is equivalent to 10 tanks of fuel for an average sized car and saves approximately 1.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions,” said Mr Harfield.
Following a further demonstration flight, to be operated by Virgin Australia from Abu Dhabi to Sydney on 22 July, results from the INSPIRE program will be used to establish a programme that could ultimately lead to the achievement of these emissions savings on an ongoing basis.