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Express carrier aims for perfect score

[ June 30, 2020   //   ]

DHL Express is planning what it bills as the “perfect flight” from Leipzig to New York JFK on 1 July. Thanks to the decimation of regular scheduled passenger flights due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the express carrier’s A330-200F freighter aircraft is expected to consume considerably less fuel with correspondingly lower CO2 emissions.

Just to make sure, DHL’s operating airline European Air Transport GmbH has identified more than 50 actions to keep the fuel bill down ioncluding a pre-flight engine washing to improve aerodynamics, route optimisation using a state-of-the-art flight planning system and an optimal take off route with an unrestricted climb to cruising altitude from Leipzig through to a best possible descent at New York.

The plane will be loaded to its usual capacity of around 60 tons of freight) and is scheduled to take off from Germany on at around 3:15 a.m. (Central European Summer Time) with arrival in New York City scheduled for 12:05 pm (CEST) on the same day.

The jet fuel saving of the flight is anticipated to be 1,000 kg, which corresponds to a reduction in CO2 of 3,150 kg.