There’s been a lot of talk about how airline could save fuel and cut their carbon dioxide emissions if they switched to biofuel.
There’s hardly been anything written about how arlies could accomplish the same thing if they adopted “continuous descent” arrivals.
Basically, this is where a plane lands in steady, gradual fashion. Alas, given the volume of air traffic, this is impractical much of the time.
But a Japanese airline, Peach Aviation, has just announced a trial of continuous descent arrivals during late night and early morning hours.
Surely there must be other airlines serving other cities where continuous descent arrivals during off-peak hours might make sense. After all, not every city has airports as busy as Chicago and New York.