Last Friday (6th), Air Europa launched the greenest flight in its history with the goal of continuously introducing sustainable environmental solutions that accelerate innovation and reduce the environmental impact of aviation. This initiative is part of a project “The challenge of sustainable flight”, Launched by the alliance SkyTeam their partner airlines. The industry is expected to accelerate innovation and change, minimizing environmental impact.
This challenge consists of friendly competition between Alliance companies that can participate in up to 14 different categories using advanced responsibility solutions, with the goal of continuously embracing the most successful whenever possible, without compromising the environment.
The most durable flight of Air Europe flew on 6 May between Madrid and Gran Canaria in Spain on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline purchased biofuel from the Petronor refinery in Bilbao as one of the pending measures to boost the sector’s CO2 emissions.
The 339-passenger used aircraft is one of the most efficient models on the market, capable of reducing emissions and fuel consumption by 20% thanks to its aerodynamics and state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the Boeing 787-9 also reduces the acoustic impact by 60%, which means that noise is also reduced in cities near airports.
The operation of the flight on the most efficient route with this joint team also included a more sustainable ground procedure.
Airport service company Groundforce used its state-of-the-art vehicles for all ground operations as the flight departed and arrived. For its part, Enaire, Spain’s air navigation manager, worked together to implement continuous take-off and landing procedures and to achieve the most optimal trajectory for efficient fuel consumption and thus a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
Air Europa has adopted many sustainable practices on board that are already common in its operations. One of them was the use of biodegradable materials as a step before the gradual and complete introduction of “zero plastic on board” and the correct sorting of waste, a measure applied by the airline since 2006, not only in its offices but also on all your flights. During the operation, a sustainable and healthy menu was offered, made from seasonal and zero-kilometer products – a short supply chain – that strengthen care for the environment and improve the economy.
The airline distributed a survey to the passengers on board with translucent paper, which will later be used to build a small garden at the company’s headquarters.
It should be borne in mind that Air Europa, in its commitment to green economic growth, is already pursuing a number of practices which have helped to improve the efficiency of its flights and achieve the ICAO strategic objective (International Civil Aviation Organization) reduces total greenhouse gas emissions by 2% per year. These include the creation of fuel consumption and the application of related emission data; Implementation of the Saco de Voo Eletrônico project; establishing a regular fuel commission or participating in aviation working groups.
In addition to its greenest flight, Air Europa participated and worked with airport and airport navigation service providers and managers who showed a willingness to mitigate the effects of climate change on commercial air transport.
Inspired by the 1934 air races between Melbourne and London “The challenge of sustainable flight“Seeks to connect the entire aviation industry to operate immediately through innovation. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of aviation and to disseminate transformative ideas that can be shared with other actors in the field. In this way, it intends to help provide industry with solutions to reduce CO2 emissions and environmental impact.
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