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Flight inefficiency in descent: mapping where it happens

EUROCONTROL has developed a set of new flight efficiency metrics to assess the respective contribution of airspace versus operations in the last 50 nautical miles around an airport. These metrics have been applied to the top 27 European airports and the results shared. The horizon of analysis has been extended to 200 nautical miles to determine precisely where inefficiencies occur at the top 4 European airports. The findings will help airports, air navigation service providers and airspace users to determine the potential for improvements.

FATHOM, EUROCONTROL’s new interactive analysis tool, helps aircraft operators achieve more efficient, sustainable flights

FATHOM is an interactive analysis tool that allows aircraft operators to access comprehensive data on their flights, giving them insights into traffic, punctuality, schedule and air traffic flow management (ATFM) delay, fuel burn, route charges, route length, and flight time. Aircraft operators can quickly determine how their actual performance compares to their planned performance, and take measures to adapt flight plans in the future. FATHOM has been put in place by the EUROCONTROL Network Manager to share detailed operational performance data with the aviation community and improve the efficiency and sustainability of air traffic in Europe.

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Can regulation and focused logistics unlock the availability of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at European airports?

EUROCONTROL Data Snapshot “Can regulation and focused logistics unlock the availability of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at European airports?

At only 0.05% of total jet fuel consumption, the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) is still very low in Europe. By 2030, if SAF could account for 10% of all fuel used, this would reduce CO2 emissions from EU departing flights by 8%. Besides the need to stimulate the uptake of SAF to accelerate the decarbonisation of aviation, another crucial issue is the logistics of getting fuel to the airports. In the last ‘normal’ year, 2019, just 39 of 1,657 EU airports accounted for 80% of the volume of conventional fuel used by aircraft departing from EU airports. Therefore, instead of distributing this SAF evenly over all 1,657 EU airports, it would be more efficient to concentrate on the fuel supply chain at these 39 airports. Providing a 12.5% SAF blend to these airports would achieve the same 8% reduction in CO2 emissions from flights departing the EU. As yet, only 8 of these 39 airports (Amsterdam, Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Munich, Paris CDG, Stockholm-Arlanda,) have started to supply SAF.

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