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Air Transat's - Fuel Management Program...  
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3203 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4483 times:

You may have read this below link previously, but it goes into a lot of detail about how Air Transat's fuel management program, and how they save as much fuel as possible...


I appreciate alot of this may just be marketing hype, to make them sound good, but I was interested to hear from people who work for other airlines and how their polcies compare...

It was interesting to read how they only taxi with one engine and also how their aircrafts might fly at a lower speed to reduce fuel burn even if it adds additional time on to the journey. I was surprised by this one, as Air Transat is a charter airline and airlines in this sector usually optimise usage of these aircrafts to the max!

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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 6063 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4397 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Thread starter):
It was interesting to read how they only taxi with one engine and also how their aircrafts might fly at a lower speed to reduce fuel burn even if it adds additional time on to the journey.

Most airlines I would imagine, do this. At Air Canada, its called a "tactical slowdown". If the estimated arrival time is more than 10 minutes early, and with the concurrence of SOC (system operations control) the aircraft FMS is reduced to a cost index of 0.

There are a lot of reasons why a Tactical Slowdown would not be in the best interest, but when it is, it can save a lot of fuel.

Also, most airlines taxi on one engine, (or with one engine shut down) when conditions permit.

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User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4311 times:

Are you sure Air Transat is the airline to study for this... especially after that whole dual engine failure deadstick into the Azores deal. Big grin

Serious answer though, the arrival portion of the flight can often determine whether or not it's profitable. If ATC get's you down into that warm air too early, gives bad vectors, or you have to go around, or go missed... well all those situations use a ton of fuel, and most pilots try to avoid them for the sake of company (without jeopardizing safety).

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