35 Dreamliners are on order.
By upgrading the existing planes to new engines it would reduce its carbon footprint by more than 10,000 tonnes per year and save over 1 million gallons of fuel on completion.
This is what we call being eco-friendly. The airline company is going to invest to save the planet. If Etihad Airways can do it why can't the others follow their foot steps?
Chief operations officer Richard Hill said:
"This means less fuel burn which at current fuel prices should equate to fuel savings of approximately $170,000 per aircraft equivalent to $2.6m per annum for the retrofitted A330 fleet." (source: arabianbusiness.com)
The UAE airline has a wide fleet: you can check all details on a dedicated site.
The company has taken a different angle of thinking. As fuel costs keeps increasing, the research and investments have to be put into enhancements that can minimize fuel bills.
...Airlines will face fines of up to €100 for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit above the limit, in a bid to cut pollution by five percent through 2020...
So plenty of time to sort things out, but when you think that a flight to Nagoya can take around 12 hours from Europe, the amount of fuel is rather impressive, especially when this trip is direct.
Will other company follow the idea of investing in better engines for a better environment and planet for our future generations?