Following successful trials, British Airways is deploying NAV Flight Services’ NAVLink Wind Updates on its A320 family of aircraft, as part of the airline’s efforts to improve the operational efficiency of its flights. The use of more accurate and up to date wind data within the Flight Management Computer enables British Airways to reduce carbon emissions by flying a more optimal descent profile and the technology will save over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 a year on short-haul flights. It is one of a number of initiatives the airline is adopting as part of its carbon reduction journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, or sooner.
Captain Spencer Norton, Manager – Flight Efficiency & Evaluation at British Airways, said:
“We have worked extensively with NAV Flight Services to understand how to maximise the benefit of wind data for both step-climbs and descent profiles. This has enabled us to fly optimum descent profiles on the majority of our approaches, reducing the amount of CO2 we emit, and forms part of our focus to reduce our carbon emissions. NAV Flight Services has proven to be a reliable supplier to British Airways and we are confident that the benefits we see will continue throughout our operation.”