EasyJet has completed a multi-million pound fuel-saving tech installation on its entire fleet.
All easyJet aircraft are now operating with Airbus’ Descent Profile Optimisation (DPO) and Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) software, which significantly reduces carbon emissions and fuel costs by enabling “more efficient descents”.
DPO updates the Flight Management System and allows the aircraft to remain in the cruise phase longer, which reduces carbon emissions. CDA, meanwhile, works in tandem with DPO to minimise noise, which is key considering the enforcement of tighter noise regulations.
According to the low-cost carrier, the fleetwide investment enables it to make a permanent fuel saving of up to 1 per cent or 88,600 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually – equivalent to driving a car around the world 16,100 times. These figures are based on easyJet’s forecast for the financial year of 2024.
Captain David Morgan, COO at easyJet, said:
“While this is one initiative of many outlined in our roadmap to net-zero, it provides a permanent CO2 saving and forms another step on the way to us realising our net-zero target.”
The completion of the retrofit programme, which was announced last year, means that the airline is the largest operator in the world with DPO and CDA capability.
Earlier this month easyJet became the first airline to sign a contract with Airbus for its carbon-removal initiative known as the Airbus Carbon Capture Offer.