2009 Environment Report Boeing
Air Transportation Systems

Significant environmental benefits can be realized by improving the efficiency of the global transportation system. In fact, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that air traffic management enhancements could improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 12 percent.

Boeing recognizes that air traffic management improvements provide critical near-term opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That's why we are working with industry, regulators, airlines and airports to improve management of the air space and ensure efficient, safe and seamless operation around the world.

Our work includes the development of air traffic management solutions, such as Tailored Arrivals, that reduce fuel use by minimizing delays and holding patterns over airports and capitalize on precision navigation technologies in modern aircraft often left unexploited in the legacy system.

And in 2008, Boeing signed an agreement to work together with Airbus to reduce aviation's impacts on the ecosystem by accelerating improvements to the world's air transportation management system to eliminate unnecessary traffic congestion.