There’s much to like in Virgin Atlantic’s new sustainability report. For starters, Virgin Atlantic’s new software program allows the company to accurately monitor and review its fuel use. It will save the company an estimated £20 million and 92,000 tons of carbon a year. Called the OSyS Fuel Efficiency System, the software went live in July 2012. The software monitors 300 different points every flight to see where fuel can be used more efficiently.
“Fuel use is our number one environmental issue – as well as a significant financial one,” said Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway. “We have worked hard to develop innovative solutions to this matter and this is resulting in major benefits on two fronts as we reduce our carbon footprint and at the same time deliver major cost savings to the airline.”
The report details what Virgin Atlantic is doing to reduce the weight of its aircraft. The company introduced the first four of 10 new airplanes which are nine percent and 15 percent more efficient on a per-seat basis than the models they replaced. The interior of the new airplanes are being fitted with lighter airframe monuments, seats and galleys which reduce overall weight by 1.3 tons per airplane. The company is also reducing the amount of potable water carried on the airplanes by 25 percent which helps reduce weight.