The overall fuel consumption of commercial passenger jet aircraft has been drastically reduced over the last 50 years. Airbus has played its part in this reduction through the introduction of innovative technologies as fly-by-wire and the use of composites in primary structure.
The A350 XWB’s low weight composite structure, ultra efficient engines and advanced aerodynamics, will also deliver class leading levels of performance in the long-range, twin-aisle sector.
Airbus continues the efforts to offer its customers the most fuel efficient aircraft possible.
However, airlines and infrastructure providers also have a role to play in minimizing fuel consumption.
How can an airline save fuel?
Airlines have many opportunities to save fuel during every single flight. These opportunities are widely known and generally understood. They can be divided into four basic groups:
• Optimized flight profiles: Flying the most efficient routes at the most efficient speeds and altitudes.
• Operational procedures: Directly reduce fuel consumed with initiatives such as reduced APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) use or single engine taxiing.
• Maintenance: Restoring airframe and engine condition to minimize aerodynamic drag and maximize efficiency.
• Weight reduction: Every kilogram of weight carried by the aircraft consumes extra fuel. Weight can be optimized in many areas, for example, cabin service, potable water and even with fuel carried.
Based on article "The fuel efficient aircraft" published in Fast Magazine