Carbon dioxide emissions from flights that fall within the area of coverage of the EU's contentious Emission Trading Scheme dropped by 6.85% last year, according to data from RDC Aviation, as airlines reduced schedules and cut utilization in the face of the global economic downturn. Interestingly, Singapore Airlines and Qantas Airways recorded declines of 23.9% and 15.7% respectively, much of which can be attributed to introduction of the A380 of many of their London services.

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