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Emirates Airline is to test out a new environmental programme aimed at saving fuel and curbing carbon emissions on its first flight from Dubai to San Francisco. The programme will be the world's first cross-polar green flight. The airline estimates it will save 2,000 gallons of fuel and 30,000 pounds of carbon emissions on the 16-hour non-stop service. The eco-scheme employs a variety of measures to make these savings, including washing the plane before takeoff to minimise drag and new routes for the flight. "Recent negotiations with the Russian government will allow for a preferred route over Russian and Canadian airspace for the most efficient path," said the carrier. "The aircraft will also track close to the North Pole following extensive work by Emirates and aircraft manufacturers to open this new routing." Boeing's "ultra eco-efficient" 777-200LR will be the aircraft for the flight. "After months of planning, Emirates' environment flight is a best-practice trial of how airlines, governments, manufacturers, technology providers and airports can work together to be as eco-efficient as possible," said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chief executive and chairman of Emirates Airline and Group. "With the introduction of our new 777 family, our 58 ultra-efficient A380s and new A350-XWBs aircraft, Emirates will operate the world's most efficient fleet of wide-bodied aircraft."

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Publication:7 Days (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Dec 12, 2008
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