Norwegian Air adopts SkyBreathe airplane fuel preservation measures

Norwegian Air’s SkyBreathe fuel preservation program will reduce CO2 emissions by 280 million pounds (140,000 tons) per year. Norwegian will also benefit from fuel savings from the SkyBreathe program lowering operating costs.

How does Norwegian’s SkyBreathe work?

SkyBreathe is a tool and application designed to calculate the best fuel preservation solutions. The two main benefits of SkyBreathe are to:

  1. Reduce carbon emissions, and
  2. Aid in fuel savings.

SkyBreathe leverages big data algorithms to figure its data. The SkyBreathe project was developed through Clean Sky, an EU (European Union) funded program.

SkyBreathe calculates the amount of fuel consumption during every flight. Details factored in include:

  • Actual flight conditions, and
  • Other variables, such as payload, flight path, weather, and Air Traffic Control limitations.

With its new app, Norwegian aims to reduce carbon emissions by 280 Million pounds (140,000 tons) per year.

Stig Patey, Manager Fuel Saving at Norwegian

Stig Patey had this to say about the Norwegian SkyBreathe Fuel Preservation:

“At Norwegian, we’re continuously working to find new tools to reduce both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. With the SkyBreathe app, we receive large amounts of data for each flight and this data provides relevant information about how we can fly smarter and even more efficiently.”

Norwegian Air passenger, a young boy
Photo: Norwegian Air.

How pilots fly to reduce carbon emissions

(and saving the airline’s fuel consumption and cost)

Norwegian Air pilots have completed six months of testing of the SkyBreathe app program. Of course, the test proved the app effective in terms of the potential of big fuel savings.

SkyBreathe app or not, the fuel-saving techniques applied by the Norwegian pilots are no different from what other airlines have been encouraging their pilots to do for years.

Pilot carbon emission reduction techniques

Here are some common techniques pilots use to reduce carbon emission and to save fuel:

  • Green approaches, called Continous Descent Approaches (CDAs). CDAs reduce CO2 emissions as well as noise during the approach phase of flight, from the initial approach through the final approach. Of course, being able to do so is largely dependent on several factors.

These include the current traffic, the way the approach is designed, and the Air Traffic Controller’s ability to grant a continuous descent to landing with no or few intermediate leveling-off phases.

Landing in San Francisco from Mexico City. Video: Captain Jimenez.
  • Shutting off an engine when taxiing to the gate after landing.
  • Use jetbridge (jetway) – supplied air conditioning at the gate instead of using the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit), which operates on fuel consumption.

Norwegian Air, the most fuel-efficient airline for transatlantic flights

Norwegian Air is a major airline operator between the U.S. and Europe. They are also the most fuel-efficient airline flying that highly competitive transatlantic route structure.

norwegian skybreathe fuel preservation
– The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) Unveils 2017 Findings Crowning Norwegian as the Undefeated Leader in fuel efficiency – Image: Norwegian Air.

The airline has reduced its carbon emissions by 30 percent since 2008. This as a result of being an active user of new technology and operating a young fleet of aircraft.

Norwegian has a fleet of more than 162 airplanes, which average age is a young 3.8 years. That makes Norwegian operate one of the youngest and “greenest” fleets among the airlines of the world.

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has placed Norwegian Air #1 on its awards list twice.


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Featured image: Norwegian Air.

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