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Page 12 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEB-MARCH 2016 dubAi-based emirates group has made significant progress with its environ- mental performance. Its latest report shows environ- mental performance data across a range of activities including airline operations, dnata’s cargo and ground handling businesses and a wide range of commercial activities on the ground – from engineering to catering. Airline operations constitute the main environmental impact of the Emirates Group. In 2014-15, the carrier continued to add new aircraft to its fleet, retire older aircraft, and prioritise fuel-saving operational techniques. The carrier’s flight operations specialists worked with agencies in countries as far afield as the USA, Austria, France, Malta, the Seychelles, Emirates Group’s green efforts pay off - with good results for both air and ground handling Ethiopia, Kenya and Pakistan – as well as Dubai’s neighbouring emirate of Sharjah – to introduce or validate new performance-based navigation proce- dures, to help reduce fuel consumption and enhance operational safety. The airline added 24 new aircraft and retired 10 older aircraft in 2014-15, maintaining an average fleet age of 75 months, or about half the industry aver- age of 140 months. Key performance indicators show a continued reduction in aircraft noise emissions, a modest improvement in overall fleet fuel efficiency despite external operational challenges, and improvements in ground vehicle fuel efficiency. All of Emirates’ aircraft (except for 747 freighters) meet or exceed Chap- ter 4 limits - the most stringent ICAO noise Standards, and new A380 and B777 deliveries during the year helped to further improve the fleet’s margin below the Chapter 4 limits. On the ground, dnata in Dubai took delivery of 30 new electric tractors to replace diesel-powered vehicles for use at Dubai International Airport. The tractors produce no air-polluting emissions. A change in the UAE government’s regulations also helped to bring down the amount of pollutants produced by ground vehicles. The Group’s ground transport fleet in the UAE began using low-sulphur diesel following the gov- ernment’s announcement of manda- tory new fuel specifications in 2014. The fuel contains 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur, a considerable reduc- tion from the previous specification of 500 ppm, and will greatly reduce levels of particulate emissions. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Mak- toum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: “As the scale of our operations expands, we are ever more conscious of our responsibility towards the environ- ment and communities we serve. We are aware that our efforts to reduce resource use will not only cut our environmental impact, but will also help build our business resilience.” Industry tip-off leads to nabbing 18 cocaine packs OUR industry has been praised for its role in intercepting the importation of more than 3kg of cocaine. The Australian Border Force took posses- sion of 18 packages sent from the US as air freight after being tipped off by what was described as “an air freight company”. In a joint operation with the Aus- tralian Federal Police this led to the arrest of two Sydney men. The consignments were declared as ‘documents’, ‘tech sheets’ and ‘legal documents’ but all of them actually contained clip-seal bags of white powder. Presumptive testing returned a positive result for cocaine.