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 environmental footprint is reduced by flying the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft in the skies. Since 2008, Norwegian has reduced its emissions per passenger kilometre by 30 percent. Norwegian also actively engages in various tree planting projects around the world that help reduce emissions.
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 Norwegian's aircraft is 3.7 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. 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 September 2018, The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) named Norwegian the world's most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes:
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.
"One of the biggest changes in the transatlantic market between 2014 and 2017 was an increase in operations from European low-cost carriers and the further utilization of newer, fuel-efficient aircraft," said ICCT’s Brandon Graver, lead author of the study.
ABOUT THE ICCT: The International Council on Clean Transportation is an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators. Its mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.
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.
In collaboration with the Global Climate Institute, Norwegian is one of the first airlines in the world to plant trees to benefit the environment. We have planted 9,000 trees in the UK and Spain – one for every person working at the company and will continue to plant trees in other parts of the world: