Norwegian is committed to actively engage in and support a sustainable environmental policy, and to continue reducing emissions from aviation. The single most important action an airline can take to reduce its environmental footprint is to invest in new aircraft, consequently reducing emissions considerably.
One of the greenest fleets in the world
In 2017, Norwegian took delivery of 17 Boeing 737-800s, nine Boeing 787-9s and six Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Four 737-800s were phased out. The continued fleet renewal in 2017 contributed to a further reduction in emissions per passenger. The Group as a whole consumed 1.5 million tons of Jet A-1 fuel, equivalent to 72.9 grams of CO2 per passenger per kilometer, a reduction of 1.2 per cent from the previous year. The average fleet age for the 144 aircraft was 3.6 years at 31 December 2017, making it one of the greenest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Norwegian uses the technologically advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on its intercontinental routes. The Dreamliner consumes less than 80 per cent fuel compared to its counterparts and the MAX consumes 14 per cent less than the 737-800. With a pending order of 21 Dreamliners and 104 MAXs to be delivered in the coming years, Norwegian will continue to be one of the most environmentally friendly airlines in the world. To reduce emissions even further, Norwegian is working on several initiatives to make the fleet even greener. In 2017, Norwegian’s key emission reducing activities were:
Our key emission reducing activities are:
● Fewer take offs and landings
As opposed to traditional network carriers, Norwegian bypasses the big “hubs” and offers more direct flights. The result is a significant reduction of fuel-intensive take-offs and landings. Continuous Descent Approaches, or so-called “green approaches”, are designed to reduce overall emissions during the final stages of the flight:
● Advanced weather data to calculate more efficient flights
Norwegian has partnered with AVTECH Sweden AB allowing Norwegian’s pilots to receive accurate wind and temperature information to explore the possibility of reducing fuel consumption and thereby reducing Norwegian's environmental footprint. Norwegian's pilots will gain access to the highest quality weather data available. When this data is fed into the aircraft’s Flight Management Computer, the aircraft’s flightpath can be adjusted and optimized. The goal is to deliver better fuel and time estimates as well as fuel efficient descents with less speed deviations.
● Noise reduction
Aviation is associated with noise challenges. Norwegian’s new fleet of aircraft plays an important part in the efforts to reduce negative impact on the local environment, as the new aircraft are considerably quieter than their older counterparts. All of Norwegian’s aircraft meet The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Chapter 4 requirements and 100 per cent meet Chapter 14 requirements.
● Lighter materials
Norwegian’s aircraft feature the most modern interiors. Several factors, such as slim and light seats, reduce weight and emissions.
● Winglets reduce drag
All of Norwegian’s 737-800s have winglets, a tailfin-like extension of each wingtip. Winglets reduce drag, which in turn reduces fuel consumption by approximately two percent per aircraft.
● A special wash that reduces fuel consumption
At Norwegian, we have a special engine and aircraft wash that decreases fuel consumption, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 16 000 tons per year.
● "Plant for the Planet"
In collaboration with the Global Climate Institute, Norwegian planted 7000 trees in the UK and Spain – one for every person working at the company. Norwegian will continue to plant trees in other parts of the world: