We’ve talked a lot about NextGen and better environmental benefits for air travel. Today, I'm happy to report major progress for both.
The Federal Aviation Administration has teamed up with its counterparts in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore as part of ASPIRE, the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions. Their mission? To reduce aviation’s impact on the environment.
And now, after three years of demonstration flights, the first daily for-profit ASPIRE flight, an Air New Zealand run from Auckland to San Francisco, is up and running. It uses many of the flight procedures the group identified to help reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. And, since these procedures often reduce flight times, passengers also benefit.
More daily ASPIRE routes are expected to come over the next four months, which means increased flight efficiency and decreased environmental impact.
“This is another significant step in our rollout of the Next Generation Air Transportation system,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “We’re beginning to bring the green benefits of NextGen to the airlines and passengers in the Pacific on a daily basis.”
The ASPIRE program procedures allow more flexibility for pilots, helping them determine the most efficient routes rather than limiting them to fixed routes. This saves time for everyone on board and helps conserve fuel.
It’s great to see FAA’s hard work pay off as they move from the demonstration phase to daily revenue flights. I look forward to seeing the long term benefits of these efforts as we continue moving forward.