SFCO2®: Reducing fuel costs

Fuel is the largest expenditure for airlines these days, accounting for 30 to 40% of their operating costs. New fuel and emissions management services now allow operators to better control their consumption, and thus maintain their competitiveness. Sagem (Safran) has developed a new SFCO2® service to meet this major challenge. Sagem offer this new service via Cassiopée.

Over the last ten years, airlines have been hard hit by skyrocketing oil prices. The price of the jet fuel they use has increased three-fold, from $1/gallon in 2004, to $3/gallon today after peacking at $4 in August 2008. For a number of years already, the aviation industry has focused on reducing aircraft fuel consumption. Not only for its economic health, but also to keep pace with changing regulations and very ambitious environmental goals. The Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe, or ACARE, set the tone back in 2001, setting the target of 50% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from air traffic by 2020.

Developed jointly with fellow Snecma (Safran), this new service allows to lower airline operating costs by issuing recommendations tailored to their specific requirements and practices, with support for implementing these ideas. Also calling on Sagem's proven expertise as a Flight Data Monitoring analyst and flight ops experts, this in-depth support is largely applied through the advanced training and coaching pilots, who guarantee the application of best practices.
Depending on the airline, the results show a 1 to 5% reduction in fuel consumption. For example, a Boeing 737-800 burns an average of 7,200 metrics tons of jet fuel each year, which costs about $7.2 million. Reducing its consumption by just 1% would lead to savings of $72,000 per year and per plane.

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