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Sustainable travel brings one of the biggest challenges to the travel industry. Find out what airlines are doing to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.


Delta

Joining forces to push for greener ways to travel highlights Delta’s commitment to reach it’s sustainable goals.

One of Deltas biggest goals is to reduce their fuel emissions. To achieve this, they are working on building a more efficient fleet along with alternative fuels.
In 2020 Delta withdrew more than 200 aircrafts and replaced them with models that are 25 percent more fuel-efficient. They have even started to complete agreements with corporate customers for industry-leading sustainable fuel, as a result this will help them achieve their goal to replace 10 percent of their jet fuel refined from fossil fuel to aviation fuel by 2030.

Single use plastics have been reduced which means 30k lbs of annual waste has been eliminated.
Not only does recycled items contribute towards onboard facilities they also help fund the construction of new homes.
As well as sustainability Delta is also keen on building a people-first future, in Delta One you will now find handcrafted artisan-made amenity kits from Certified B Corporation apparel brand Someone Somewhere. These kits preserve artisan traditions and centuries of local style weaving and eliminates 5 use plastics per item.


JetBlue

JetBlue are in the business to connect people from all around the globe, but with great ambition comes great responsibility to reduce climate risk and to fly smarter.

Technology in aviation is progressing rapidly to keep up with airline demands to achieve their sustainable travel goals. One of the improvements JetBlue are a making to their fleet are fuel efficient aircrafts. The Airbus 220s will bring up to a 40% improvement in fuel economy per seat and
the Airbus 321 neo will bring up to a 20% improvement in fuel economy per seat and because these statistics generate such a positive impact JetBlue are looking to deliver 70 Airbus 220s and 85 Airbus 321 neo to their fleet.

Sustainable planning is essential to achieving the ultimate goal to become net zero by 2040 and each company that have joined JetBlue’s Sustainable Travel Partner Programme are excited to join forces to achieve each milestone.

To read more visit JetBlue.com


Etihad

Sustainability is taking off and continues to be the core of Etihad’s journey to transform the aviation industry.

In 2019 Etihad Greenliner Programme came to life when they launched their first eco flight followed closely by their sustainable flight in 2021.
In partnership with Boeing and GE, the Greenliner Programme are testing and trialling new alternative fuels and sustainable products.

Every little helps, so Etihad are pulling out all the stops to make a difference whereever they can.
You’ll notice selected cabin crew wearing green and they are available to answer any questions or welcome your ideas on going green.
Nothing goes to waste. Etihad’s reuse, recycle and repeat ethic is proving a success along with their target to reduce single-use plastic by 80%. Almost 40% of flights from Abu Dhabi are serviced by electric vehicles, in turn, saving 300 tonnes of CO2 annualy.

The mangrove tree can live up to 25 years and in its life time it’s able to capture over 300kgs of CO2, because of this positive impact The Etihad Mangrove Forest was created at Jubail Mangrove Park in Abu Dhabi. This gives their guests, corporate accounts and partners the ability to adopt mangroves so they can reduce their carbon footprint.

New sustainable fuels such as biofuel made from saltwater-tolerant plants support the development in making aviation fuel the norm.

2050 marks the year Etihad plan to reach their goal to become net zero. With every positive step the Etihad Greenliner Programme are taking they are well on their way to reaching their target which will no doubt have a positive effect on business travel.


British Airways

‘Welcome on board our most important journey yet’ BA.com

BA cares about every flight and the environmental impact it has on the world, so achieving net zero emissions is an urgent priority.

Being one of the first airline groups to commit to becoming net zero by 2050 has proved BA are serious about making a difference.
BA have formed partnerships to help develop and support their journey, exploring future aviation fuel, zero emissions hydrogen powered aircraft and carbon capture technology. Who thought commercial and house hold waste could be so valuable! BA’s partnership with Velocys are building a plant in the north of England to convert waste into SAF. By the end of 2022 we can expect to see a number of flights powered by SAF from a plant in the USA supported by LanzaJet and BA’s partnership.

All BA domestic flights since January 2020 have been offsetting carbon emissions, making them carbon neutral. Partnering up with Pure Leapfrog allows passengers travelling outside the UK to calculate and offset their carbon emissions.

Like most airlines reducing single-use plastic is a great way to save tonnes of annual waste and protect the environment. Finding alternatives like bamboo and paper along with amenity kits and duvets made from recycled plastics all have a positive impact on corporate travel moving toward net zero.

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