Virgin emits less gas

Virgin emits less gas
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Virgin Atlantic has revealed it saved 30% in CO2 on many of its flights last year, thanks to the first stage of a $7 billion investment into its fleet upgrade programme.

The figures were revealed in the airline’s 2014 Change is In the Air Sustainability Report,  which covers the airline’s first full year of flying  its new fleet of A330-300s in 2013.

Virgin Atlantic introduced 10 new twin engine Airbus 300-300s between 2011 and the end of 2012. These aircraft now make up a quarter of its fleet and have shown a 30% increased efficiency per trip than the Airbus 340-600s they’ve replaced.

The airline is moving steadily towards its target of achieving 30% savings in CO2 for every tonne of passengers and cargo flown by 2020*, with a reduction of 8% since with 2007 and by 4% in the last year alone.  

Furthermore, with the introduction of the 20% more fuel efficient Boeing 787-9 aircraft, fuel savings for Virgin Atlantic will be further enhanced. Not just that but the 787-9s will also help the airline to be good neighbours as they have a 60% smaller noise footprint than similar sized aircraft.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger said, “As an airline we have a huge responsibility to ensure we find long term solutions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and make sure any growth happens in a sustainable way. Our new aircraft have been key players in helping to reduce our carbon emissions and we are excited about the further efficiencies our new fleet of Boeing 787-9s will bring as we look to 2018 when these new aircraft will make up two thirds of our fleet.”

“Our people at Virgin Atlantic are passionate about the airline leading on sustainability, and the teams all work extremely hard to push the boundaries in finding sustainable aviation solutions. We all want Virgin Atlantic to continue to drive innovative solutions for the whole industry and we will continue to work hard to deliver that.”

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