Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is increasing its flights from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport to Athens International Airport for the 2015 summer season.
Delta will resume operations with a five-times weekly service from March 30, 2015, growing to daily on May 2, 2015. From June 2, 2015, additional flights will be added bringing the weekly total to 11. During the peak summer months, Delta will offer up to 5,900 weekly seats between Greece and the United States. All services from Athens are operated in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia.
Delta’s Athens services are operated using Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323 N815NW (msn 817) arrives back at the John F. Kennedy International Airport hub in New York.
Air Canada (Montreal) yesterday (June 18) operated it first biofuel flight. Flight AC 991 from Toronto (Pearson) to Mexico City generated at least 40 per cent fewer emissions by using jet fuel derived from recycled cooking oil and through other fuel-saving measures, making it the most environmentally-friendly flight ever flown by Air Canada. The flight is supported by Airbus and is part of an environmental demonstration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to coincide with the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
AC991 will be a normal revenue flight operated with an Airbus A319 aircraft using a 50/50 mix of regular and biofuel derived from recycled cooking oil. This blend produced by SkyNRG has been recertified to normal jet fuel standards and can be safely used without modifying the aircraft’s systems.
Flight AC991 is being operated as part of ICAO’s Flightpath to a Sustainable Future. In addition to alternative fuel, Air Canada will also use other techniques and measures it has adopted to reduce the flight’s environmental impact. These include:
Pre-flight maintenance preparation:
Fuselage wash and wax to improve aerodynamics
Interior clean and reconciliation of service items to reduce excess weight
Installation of lightweight aisle carpet
Engine compressor wash to increase efficiency
iPad Electronic Flight Bag in lieu of paper documents for pilots to save weight
Minimizing emissions from on-board Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) through use of ground power at gate and use of conditioned air
Streamlining push-back procedures to reduce fuel usage
Taxiing the aircraft to the runway with one engine
Minimizing taxi time to runway
Reduced thrust take-off
Air conditioning adjusted to save power
Immediate turn towards destination
Optimized climb to optimal cruise altitude
Optimized cruise speed and altitude
Most direct routing through Canadian, US, and Mexican airspace
Use of live weather updates accessed through iPad for re-routing due to weather
Constant descent using optimized descent rate along most direct routing
Direct taxi to gate with minimal delay
Taxiing the aircraft with one engine
Minimizing use of APU at gate through use of ground power.