The airline reduced the amount of fuel consumed by its aircraft by over 62,000 tonnes, a result which represents a 3.3 percent improvement on 2016, and the equivalent of 850 flights between Abu Dhabi and London.
Flight plan adjustments across the network reduced approximately 900 hours of flying time, leading to a saving of 5,400 tonnes of fuel and eliminating approximately 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
In 2017, the UAE flagship also replaced several older aircraft with Boeing B787s, considered as being one of the most fuel efficient commercial aircraft on the market. Etihad currently operates 19 Boeing B787s within its 115-strong fleet.
“2017 was a particularly good year for fuel efficiency,” commented, Richard Hill, chief operations officer, Etihad Airways. “The combination of retiring some of our older aircraft and increasing the proportion of Boeing B787 aircraft within our fleet, together with optimising our flight paths among a range of other initiatives has made a noticeable improvement to our fuel consumption and emissions profile.”