The agreement will expand the scope for SATAVIA technology to prevent warming aircraft contrails
Etihad Airways recently signed a ground-breaking contrail management contract with SATAVIA, a leading UK-based green aerospace firm.
The partnership will build on a previous proof-of-concept engagement to expand the scope for contrail management within day-to-day flight operations. The partnership also incorporates an agreement to collaborate on the generation of future carbon credits from contrail management activity.
The contract was signed by Etihad’s Head of Sustainability and Excellence, Mariam Al Qubaisi and SATAVIA CEO Dr Adam Durant at the recently concluded World Future Energy Summit (WFES) at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. Once in force, the new agreement will see Etihad scaling SATAVIA contrail prevention across daily flight schedules, accelerating the airline’s progress towards climate neutral operations.
“Our collaboration with SATAVIA illustrates the possibility of credible sustainability advances in day-to-day commercial operations,” commented Mariam Al Qubaisi.
“By implementing minimal changes to a small percentage of flights, eco-conscious operators like Etihad can eliminate most of their non-CO2 climate footprint with little to no impact on day-to-day operations and on shorter timescales than other green aviation interventions,” remarked Dr Durant.
“This is a great example from Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week of the shared innovation and commitment by UK and UAE companies to tackle climate change,” stated Patrick Moody, the British Ambassador to the UAE.