The Trent 700 engines that power Air Transat’s five Airbus A330s will be retrofitted as part of a new, seven-year TotalCare(R) agreement signed with Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company. The retrofitting will enhance the engines’ efficiency, improving their environmental performance by reducing fuel consumption by more than 1% and CO2 emissions by a total of over 4,000 tonnes per year for the five wide-body jets. The Trent 700EP kits will be installed on each of the aircraft’s 10 engines over a 24-month period.
In 2003, Air Transat developed and began implementing a rigorous fuel management and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program. Air Transat is setting itself apart by systematically applying and refining greenhouse gas measures involving flight operations, flight planning, ground operations, engineering and catering services. Flight plan optimization, dynamic management of aircraft weight and centre of gravity, use of idle reverse thrust after landing, frequent engine washes and single-engine taxiing are among measures being applied by the airline. In the six years the program has been in force, the airline has saved a total of over 120 million litres of fuel, leading to a reduction of about 300 million kilograms of CO2.
"Air Transat is unrelenting in its initiatives to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and improve its environmental performance," pointed out Allen B. Graham, President and CEO of Air Transat.