Gulf Air announces eco inititiatives

15 Dec 2009 by Mark Caswell

Gulf Air plans to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by around 33,000 tons, with a series of measures inclduing more direct routes to destinations and a reduction in the amount of drinking water on flights.

The initiatives are being rolled out by the Gulf Air Conservation Committee, and include:

  • A reduction in fuel consumption by flying a more direct route to certain destinations, resulting in the reduction of around 22,600 tons of CO2 emissions per year

  • A 25 per cent reduction in the amount of potable water carried on board flights, saving around 1,800 tons of CO2 emissions

  • The combining of the carrier’s two in-flight magazines, Gulf Life and On Air, printed on lower weight paper, and with fewer spares being carried on board, resulting in a reduction of around 600 tons of CO2 emissions per year

  • Other fuel conservation measures including reduced contingency fuel, acceleration height management and flight spare kit weight reduction that will together save approximately 8300 tons of CO2 emissions

Gulf Air recently announced its strategy to “turn the company into a commercially sustainable business in 2012”, including a “modern, more efficient fleet”, a “superior, more consistent product”, and a “targeted, more focused international network”.

The carrier says the route shakeup will see over 20 new routes being added to its network in Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, but up to 15 routes will also be cut, including those to Shanghai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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