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Emirates Fleet 26% More Efficient than Industry Average

See following release with attached image, issued for Emirates Group:

News Release, 9 August 2011

Emirates Fleet 26% More Efficient than IATA Industry Average

The Emirates Group today announced the release of its first comprehensive environmental report, a study that revealed the airline’s carbon dioxide emissions efficiency was 26% better than the global airline average.

Covering the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the audited report analysed environmental performance data from a range of Emirates Group activities, including airline operations, dnata’s cargo and ground handling businesses and a wide range of commercial activities on the ground – from engineering to catering.

The report’s aim is to understand the group’s environmental impact, as well as identifying opportunities to improve and capture best practice across its 60,000 strong workforce.

In addition to the carbon dioxide emissions efficiency figure of 0.75kg per tonne-kilometre (TK) that was 26% better than IATA’s fleet average, other significant highlights in the report include:

• An airline fuel efficiency figure of 4.12 litres per 100 passenger-kilometres (PK).
• 3.3 million kilograms of on-board waste recycled by dnata and Emirates Flight Catering.
• dnata Freight Gate 5 opened as the first carbon neutral warehouse in the Middle East.
• 175,000 trees planted at the carbon neutral-certified Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa.
• Fauna and flora improvements via the sponsorship of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, which represents over 5% of Dubai’s land area.
• Benefits from the opening of the Dubai Metro station at Emirates Group headquarters.
• Winner of the 2010 Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Awards.

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“Emirates takes its commitment to the environment very seriously and strives to be an industry innovator and leader. The report is more than a snap-snot of the performance of the group, it will act as a future measure of success in all we do,” said Andrew Parker, senior vice-president, public, industry, international and Environmental Affairs. “Be it the airline, dnata’s passenger handling, or at any of our facilities, Emirates is focused on maximising eco-efficiency to minimise our environmental footprint.”

One example of the Emirates Group’s commitment to fuel efficiency is the recent participation of Emirates Airline in the INSPIRE (Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions) programme, with two test flights (one from Dubai to Brisbane, the second from Perth to Dubai). The aim of the INSPIRE initiative is to gauge the improved environmental impact of a ‘perfect flight’ - minimising on-ground delays, using expedient taxi- and runways, conducting gradual climb and descent paths – while flying direct optimum routes based on existing meteorological and airspace conditions.

The results from these two flights alone resulted in a combined total saving of over 6,250 litres of fuel and more than 16,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions. Since 2003 Emirates has worked with the Air Traffic Service providers for flights to Australia and the emission savings of such operations over a five year period equate to potential savings of 9.6 million litres of fuel and 24,268 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. In 2011, based on an estimated 63 flights per week, approximate savings for the year would be in the order of 2.47 million litres of fuel and 6,850 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“The INSPIRE flights are only one example of our continuous efforts to reduce our environmental impact and our commitment to a greener future,” explained Captain Alan Stealey, Divisional Senior Vice President Flight Operations. “These flights illustrate that Emirates’ long-term strategy to address the environmental concerns of our customers, our partners and our industry has become a part of the everyday operating fabric of our organisation, not just something we recognise once a year.”

A large part of Emirates’ environmental achievements can be attributed to its young and eco-efficient fleet and enhanced operational procedures in the air. However, the group recognises that the environmental performance of ground operations is also critical. Activities such as dnata ground handling, cargo, engineering, catering and staff accommodation, have all been taken into account in this first reporting period.

More about Emirates’ environmental activities and a full copy of the report are available at: http://www.emirates.com/english/environment/reports/reports.aspx .

About the Emirates Group:
The Emirates Group’s extensive and diverse international portfolio includes Emirates Airline, the fourth largest combined air services provider, dnata, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates Destination and Leisure Management and Skywards frequent flyer programme. Together with a number of joint venture businesses, the group comprises more than 50 brands.

Emirates flies its modern wide-bodied jets four times daily from New Zealand to Dubai and beyond via Australia.

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