Singapore Airlines has launched a regular schedule of green flights in conjunction with a nationwide carbon-cutting scheme. The airline is working with the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) to pair airports across the world that offer the best environmental practices. ASPIRE’s first daily flights were launched between Auckland and San Francisco earlier this year and it expects to launch more ‘city pair’ flights in the future. “This will clearly demonstrate how collaboration among ASPIRE partners, airlines and other Air Navigation Service Providers in employing best practices and technologies in air traffic management can achieve significant reductions in fuel consumption and carbon emissions for flights,” said Yap Ong Heng, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). ASPIRE works with the providers through a series of landing procedures. “We will be monitoring the flight closely to track the fuel and emission savings, but we expect to reduce fuel burn by 2 tonnes and achieve carbon emission savings of around 6.3 tonnes for each Los Angeles-Singapore sector,” explained Gerard Yeap, SVP flight operations at SIA. Qantas, United Airlines and Japan Airlines have also launched green flights through the initiative since its launch in 2008.