Japan Airlines is to conduct Asia’s first ASPIRE
flight on 10 October 2009, as part of a program that seeks to
establish industry-wide aviation standards and procedures that can
reduce the environmental footprint of air travel.
ASPIRE - ASia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce
Emissions, is a joint venture between the Federal Aviation
Administration, Airservices Australia and Airways New Zealand,
established in February 2008. It aims to develop, implement and
encourage the use of environmental-friendly flight operational
procedures worldwide in order to reduce the burden of aviation on
Three ASPIRE flights involving United
Airlines, Qantas Airlines and Air New Zealand have so far been
conducted over the transpacific routes..
The JAL Group will conduct this landmark
ecological flight and has set subsidiary JALways’ scheduled flight
JO077 from Honolulu to Osaka (Kansai), using a Boeing 747-400, to
be the JAL ASPIRE flight.
Comparing with a regularly-operated flight
of the same aircraft and route, the ASPIRE flight aims to reduce
9,421 pounds (5362 litres / 27 barrels) in fuel consumption and
13,140 kg in carbon dioxide emissions.
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