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Published on : Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The environmental protection agency atmosfair has published its 2015 Airline Index. The index compares the greenhouse gas emissions of the 198 largest airlines, evaluating their CO2 efficiency levels.
Germany’s second largest airline – with well over one million passengers – has taken first place* among the world’s major airlines, for its low CO2 emissions and excellent efficiency.
Felix Genze, Vice President of Performance Improvement at airberlin, says: “We are delighted with the result, which affirms our long-term, intensive efforts to increase eco-efficiency. We are proud that our passengers, in choosing airberlin, are also consciously leaving a significantly lower CO2 footprint than they would with comparable airlines.”
With an average fleet age of just 6 years, airberlin has one of the youngest fleets in Europe, and operates a very ambitious “Eco-Efficient Flying” Programme. An ever-growing catalogue of around 70 measures (currently) in the areas of flight planning, weight reduction, aircraft modernisation and optimised flight procedures reduces emissions and sustainably saves kerosene. Experts at airberlin have worked continuously and across departments on the programme since 2008. airberlin aircraft are regularly fine-tuned in order to optimise their aerodynamic properties. By continuously optimising loading and cabin fittings, airberlin also helps protect the environment. Last but not least, airberlin’s “Fuel Efficiency Coaching Programme”, specially designed for flight operations, ensures continuous further training of our cockpit crews in eco-efficient flying.
atmosfair assesses airline CO2 emissions per kilometre and haulage capacity. The index calculates CO2 emissions for all routes flown, taking into account aircraft type, engines, the use of winglets or sharklets (aerodynamic wing tips), seating and cargo capacity, and utilisation for each individual flight. The sole data sources are international organisations such as ICAO and IATA, certain specialist aviation data service providers and the computer models of aircraft engineers.**
In addition to its compelling environmental performance in the 2015 atmosfair Airline Index, airberlin also attained second place in the 2014 Transatlantic Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking, which was presented this month by the ICCT (International Council on Clean Transportation).
In recent years, airberlin has won several awards for its commitment to eco-efficiency, and with an average fuel consumption of just 3.3 litres per 100 passenger kilometres, the airline takes a pioneering position in eco-efficient flying.