Air New Zealand began daily ASPIRE (Asiaand South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions) flights between Auckland and San Francisco last month, moving the program beyond the demonstration stage. It launched ASPIRE—a JV between US FAA and its counterparts and airlines in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore to reduce fuel burn—with the first demonstration flight in the fall of 2008. In a statement, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said: “This is another significant ...

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