In the Air
UPS Airlines strives to reduce its impact on the environment by operating efficient aircraft and aggressively managing our aircraft operations. We support the development of economically responsible solutions that reduce the effect of air operations on the environment. These solutions include not only equipment design and configuration, but also aircraft operating procedures and technology.
We continue to lead the industry by flying a quiet, fuel-efficient and low-emission fleet.
Beyond Compliance – Creating a Quiet Fleet
UPS’s fleet of aircraft meets and exceeds the noise and emission reduction regulations established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). We have consistently pursued a “beyond compliance” strategy to ensure a quiet and highly fuel-efficient air fleet. All new UPS aircraft will meet ICAO’s Stage IV noise guidelines, which call for a 10-decibel reduction over Stage III. UPS's entire fleet met Stage IV limits in 2008.
Continuous Descent Approach Reduces Environmental Impact
UPS has achieved significant fuel, noise and emissions reductions by using continuous descent approach (CDA) when landing at airports rather than stepping down altitudes.
Rather than descend in a typical stair-step fashion, the aircraft descends at a continuous 3-degree slope under idle power. At 10 miles from the runway, the aircraft is powered up for landing.
In January 2008, we began phasing in NextGen CDAs, a process that will continue for several years in Louisville, Kentucky. They are also being evaluated for Philadelphia, Rockford, Illinois and Cologne, Germany.
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