Singapore Airlines Joins Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group 06 September 2011 - Singapore Airlines has taken another step towards greener skies by joining the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG). Established in 2008, SAFUG is a working group that aims to accelerate the development and commercialisation of lower-carbon renewable aviation fuels, derived from environmentally and socially sustainable sources. ... Singapore Airlines maintains a young and modern fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft. The average age of its passenger fleet, as of 1 September 2011, is six years and four months. The Airline is also an early adopter of technology, having been the first airline to operate the fuel-efficient Airbus A380, for example, and having placed orders for the latest-generation Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft. Some of Singapore Airlines’ other environmentally friendly initiatives include: - Maintenance programmes for both airframes and engines that ensure operational efficiency and enhanced fuel efficiency; - Route planning procedures that ensure that Singapore Airlines’ planes fly the most fuel-efficient routes where possible; - Regular green flights across Asia and the Pacific under the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) programme; - Improvements in flight operation procedures that minimise fuel use without compromising safety, for example through tailored arrivals and continuous descent operations; and - Use of weight-saving initiatives such as lightweight crockery, galley service equipment, cargo containers and other aircraft modifications.