Monday, October 21, 2019

Aviation experts to study green impact of Air India's maiden flight on Polar route

New Delhi: Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco non-stop flight on the Polar route in August is gaining recognition around the world.
A three-member delegation, which includes the two Air India pilots - Captain Digvijay Singh and Captain Rajneesh Sharma - who operated the flight on August 15, and an International Air Transport Association (IATA) representativem are in Singapore to tell the exclusive Cross Polar Working Group (CPWG), which is meeting for three days in the island nation, about how they achieved the feat of using the Polar route.
Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco non-stop service became the first Indian commercial flight to fly over the Polar region.
The CPWG consists of air navigation service provider representatives from Russia, Canada, Iceland and the US and international organisations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
The Polar route will help cut down the flying time between India and the US and Canada. Since the aircraft will be in the air for a shorter duration, the lesser fuel it will burn, which means there will be lesser carbon emissions. The airline would also benefit as its fuel bill would be lesser.
21/10/19 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line
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