SINGAPORE: Singapore advances ASPIRE enviro efforts

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) are working together with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, to launch a regular ‘green flight’ between Los Angeles and Singapore. SIA flight SQ37, which operates nonstop from Los Angeles to Singapore, will employ enhanced gate-to-gate […]


The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) are working together with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, to launch a regular ‘green flight’ between Los Angeles and Singapore. SIA flight SQ37, which operates nonstop from Los Angeles to Singapore, will employ enhanced gate-to-gate air traffic management operational procedures to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions in all phases of the flight. The so-called ‘green flight’ is part of the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) partnership’s ‘Daily City Pair’ programme which aims to deliver gate-to-gate environmental best practices for pairs of airports throughout the Asia Pacific, one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. The first daily ‘city pair’ flight was launched with an Air New Zealand flight between Auckland and San Francisco on 21 February 2011, with more city pairs expected to be added by ASPIRE partners over the coming months. ASPIRE includes the use of air traffic management best practices including: User-Preferred Routes, Dynamic Airborne Reroute Procedures, 30/30 Reduced Oceanic Separation, Time-Based Arrivals Management and Arrivals Optimisation. “We are pleased to be able to implement these flight procedures on a regular basis, and see this as yet another step towards greener skies. We will be monitoring the flight closely to track the fuel and emission savings, but we expect to reduce fuel burn by two tonnes and achieve carbon emission savings of around 6.3 tonnes for each Los Angeles-Singapore sector,” says Singapore Airlines’ senior VP Flight Operations, Gerard Yeap.