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U.S. airlines on track to meet one carbon goal, even without government leadership

In 2009, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for cargo and passenger air carriers, set three goals for the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...Airlines are expected to achieve their goal of an average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% per year.
Published 2018.12.17: Blog Post

What you don’t know can hurt you: European vacation edition

In our recent transatlantic airline fuel efficiency study update, we compared the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines with routes between the United States and Europe. Most of the transatlantic routes in...Finding the lowest carbon flight for a specific trip is more complicated than simply choosing the most fuel-efficient carrier.
Published 2018.12.10: Blog Post

New supersonic transport aircraft: Fuel burn parity, or environmental parody?

In 2016, Sir Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic Airways, announced that the Virgin Group would assist aviation start-up Boom in developing a new supersonic transport (SST) aircraft.  Boom...Boom Technologies' CEO claims the company's proposed supersonic aircraft's fuel burn will be on par with subsonic business-class travel. Will it?
Published 2018.09.28: Blog Post

U.S. airline fleets due for renewal

One of the main takeaways from our 2013 U.S. airline fuel efficiency ranking is that overall U.S. domestic airlines showed no year-to-year improvement in fuel efficiency. That is not surprising. In...If the U.S. aviation sector is going to meet its 2020 carbon-neutral growth goal, airline efficiency improvements via new aircraft and engine technology will have to increase sharply from their...
Published 2014.12.05: Blog Post

Airline efficiency: Waiting for ICAO?

The gap between the most fuel-efficient and least fuel-efficient airlines on U.S. domestic operations stayed rock-steady at 26% from 2010 to 2012. Meanwhile, overall industry fuel efficiency improved...U.S. airlines' fuel efficiency improved about 1.1% per year in 2010–2012, short of both the U.S. government's assumptions in its GHG reduction plan and ICAO's goal. Meanwhile, public policies are...
Published 2014.05.05: Blog Post