Airbus SAS and Air Canada (AC/B) are making North America’s first “perfect flight” today as they combine the most efficient aircraft, biofuel and even lightweight cabin equipment to cut energy and carbon emissions to a minimum.
The commercial flight on an Airbus A319 from Toronto to Mexico City uses a “state-of-the-art” aircraft, powered by sustainable fuels and guided by “streamlined” air-traffic control, Airbus said in an e-mailed statement.
Airlines won approval from the U.S. technical standards body last July to fly passenger planes using a 50-50 blend of petroleum-based fuel and biofuel. In October, Airbus and Air France-KLM Group said they made the world’s greenest commercial flight from Toulouse to Paris, using a cooking oil-based fuel, taking the shortest available route and applying a so-called continuous descent approach, cutting emissions in half.
“The aviation industry is in a strong position to reduce emissions and fly many more perfect flights,” Airbus Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier said in the statement. “To make this a day-to-day commercial reality, it requires now a political will to foster incentives.”
Today’s flight will reduce carbon-dioxide output by an estimated 40 percent compared with a regular flight, according to Toulouse-based Airbus. The aviation industry is aiming to cut emissions in half by 2050 from 2005 levels.
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