We’re always looking for opportunities to improve both fuel efficiency and invest in new technology to reduce our emissions.
Operational fuel efficiency
The Group saw a strong performance in fuel efficiency over the first eight months of FY20 (i.e. pre-COVID) as a result of the numerous fuel efficiency measures deployed across our operations.
Due to COVID-19, there has been a dramatic and unprecedented decrease in traffic, not only in terms of the number of flights operated but also in terms of reduced passenger load. The cumulative effect of both these trends has had a significant impact on our overall Group fuel efficiency. COVID-19 accelerated the retirement of our 747s, which will have a positive impact on fuel efficiency across the network. When international flying returns it will be on more efficient aircraft including the Boeing 787 and ultimately the Airbus A321neo.
As the aviation industry transitions towards a net zero future, there is a strong need to explore new and innovative aircraft technologies. From battery-electric to hydrogen powered designs, airlines and industry, manufacturers will need to work together to introduce new technologies to ensure we can reach net zero by 2050.
While these alternative fuel technologies are not expected to become a commercial reality in aviation until at least 2035, they will play an important part in the Group’s long-term sustainability strategy towards reducing our emissions and meeting our net zero commitment.