Airbus SAS and Air Canada 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.