EasyJet announced the completion of the program of modernization of its entire fleetwhich made it possible to equip all its planes with the advanced DPO technology (Descent Profile Optimization) provided by the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, as well as the CDA technology (Continuous Descent Approach), new piloting software which allows significantly reduce carbon emissions and to achievesignificant fuel savings.
The DPO feature is a fuel-saving initiative that updates the Flight Management System (FMS). It allows aircraft to descend from cruising altitude using only engine thrust at idle, reducing fuel consumption and leading to a proportionate reduction in carbon emissions. The Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) works in tandem with the DPO to reduce noise.
The multi-million pound modernization programme, announced last year, is an integral part of the airline’s roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The program will enable easyJet to make significant reductions and permanent carbon emissions in the short term by enabling optimized descent trajectories.
In addition to fuel savings and reduced carbon emissions, Descent Profile Optimization (DPO), which complements the Continuous Descent Approach (CDA), will also help reduce noise. A benefit for airlines and their customers, but also airports and surrounding communities, due to stricter noise regulations which are increasingly applied.
“ While technologies such as DPO and CDA currently represent the best solution for optimizing glide paths, governments and policy makers must do more to ensure the modernization of airspace, notably through the implementation of “Single European Sky”, so that this cutting-edge technology can be used to its maximum potential », However, insisted David Morgan, director of operations at easyJet.
Furthermore, the British low cost airline was also the first airline evaluation partner of IRIS, a revolutionary air traffic management program, led by Inmarsat, the world leader in satellite communications, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which should pave the way for more efficient air traffic management by enabling the implementation of systems that minimize flight delays, save fuel and help reduce the environmental impact of transport air.