I just finished moderating a session on ways airlines can save fuel. Here are a few tips our panelists provided:
* "Fuel needs to be a collaborative process," and you must balance fuel savings costs against other aspects of the business, says Simon Weselby, fuel and emissions performance manager at Airbus. He mentioned that pilots might make a more fuel-efficient descent but if the brakes wear and tear, what's the savings?
* Make sure fuel savings programs aren't a fad and that change management is deployed--and measured--to ensure efficiencies are entrenched, suggests Andrew Jones, senior program manager and business operations leader, Fuel & Carbon Solutions, GE Aviation.
* IATA offers fuel assessment programs, webinars, training programs and workshops. IATA has done more than 110 fuel assessments over the last five years, says Bill Johnson, a consultant for IATA.
*Ergun Erdogdu, aircraft systems engineer manager for Turkish Technic, says Turkish enlisted IATA's fuel assessment program in 2008 and has saved tons of fuel and CO2. It optimized APUs and dropped usage by 50%. They've also reduced aircraft weight through things like removing spare tires in fly-away kits and foot rests. They've also using single-engine taxing, revised alternative airport procedures, new flight planning and dispatch practices and engine washes.