Big passenger jets are set to glide into Auckland International Airport from next month in a trial to save fuel and reduce air pollution.
Airways New Zealand said it had been working with Air New Zealand and Qantas for jumbo jets to reduce fuel use and emissions as the aircraft came into land.
The procedure was safe and flights into Auckland would be spaced to allow a glide descent into the airport from their top of descent point, Airways New Zealand main trunk manager Lew Jenkins said.
"These glide descent profiles will be flown with the aircraft engines set at idle, thereby significantly reducing fuel burn and emissions," he said.
Very interesting concept, I would also be interested in how much noise reduction will occur. Sometimes you don't realize how much noise there is until it isn't there. It will also be interesting to see if the concept works well enough to keep in place and if it will be tested elsewhere. I am assuming the flight path would be over water for those just in case moments?
For those more in the know, is there a real difference between a glide "landing" and a glide "descent"?