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.
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Norwegian has an ambition to continue reducing emissions per passenger and help making aviation carbon neutral by 2050. The single most important thing an airline can do in order to reduce emissions, is to invest in new aircraft. Since 2008, Norwegian has reduced its emissions per passenger kilometre by 30 percent.
In 2018, Norwegian took delivery of 25 brand new aircraft. The continued fleet renewal contributes to a further reduction in emissions per passenger.
The average fleet age for Norwegian's aircraft is 3.8 years, 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.
Norwegian will also take delivery of brand new aircraft in the coming years, which means the company will continue to be one of the "greenest" airlines in the world. To reduce emissions even further, Norwegian is working on several initiatives to make the fleet even greener.
World's most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes
In September 2018 The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) named Norwegian the world's most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes.
The ICCT have analysed the fuel efficiency of the 20 leading airlines on routes between the U.S. to Europe in 2017. Following rigorous scientific assessments, Norwegian once again rose to the top as the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes for a second time in history, also receiving this honor in 2015 when the ICCT released its first study. Following rigorous scientific assessments, Norwegian once again rose to the top as the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes for a second time in history, also receiving this honour in 2015 when the ICCT released its first study.
Other environmental measures taken by Norwegian
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.
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.
Norwegian’s aircraft feature the most modern interiors. Several factors, such as slim and light seats, reduce weight and emissions.
All of Norwegian’s 737-800s and 737 MAX have winglets, an extension of each wingtip. Winglets reduce drag, which in turn reduces fuel consumption by approximately two percent per aircraft.
At Norwegian, we have a special engine and aircraft wash that decreases fuel consumption, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 16 000 tons per year.