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EasyJet Reveals Proposal to be More Sustainable

According to a survey published by the British low-cost airline, EasyJet, out of 2,000 British vacationers, more than 75 percent believe that airlines urgently need to define ways to achieve net zero CO2 emissions.

EasyJet is the second-largest low-cost airline in Europe after Ryanair and has 318 aircraft in its fleet, all Airbus, including 24 of the New Engine Option family, 20 Airbus A320neo and 4 Airbus A321neo. The Airbus A320neo family — that have larger and more efficient engines —  uses 15 percent less fuel, with 8 percent lower operating costs, less noise and 10 percent less NOx than the previous “standard” A320 family.

EasyJet has ordered 168 more A320neos from Airbus, and the manufacturer will also retrofit the existing fleet with technology to optimize flight descent and fuel burn. EasyJet plans to curb CO2 emissions by 35% per passenger kilometers by 2035 as part of its new roadmap

The airline has announced a detailed plan to reduce its carbon emissions to zero within the next 30 years, with the ultimate ambition of flying hydrogen-powered aircraft with zero carbon emissions. According to the same survey, 6 in 10 Britons are excited about the prospect of zero-carbon planes, and 4 in 10 are confident of zero-carbon planes in the next 15 years. 82 percent of respondents believe that flying with zero carbon emissions is the best approach to achieving net zero in aviation.

EasyJet is already working with industry partners, including Airbus and Rolls-Royce, on several dedicated projects to accelerate the development of zero-carbon aircraft technology, as well as the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as an interim measure, and the work the airline is already doing to make its daily operations increasingly fuel efficient and to support airspace modernization by reducing fuel use by flying more “direct” routes.

By the way, the most significant imminent reduction, of about 15 percent of current emissions, would come through fleet replacement of conventional kerosene-fuelled planes.

The study conducted by easyJet revealed that 78 percent will choose an airline based on its sustainability credentials when traveling in the future, and 70 percent would commit to a “zero carbon” vacation if it were available.

76 percent of travelers today actively seek to reduce the impact of their travel plans on the environment. These plans include choosing a European vacation over a long-haul flight in 33% of cases, choosing an airline that does more to fly sustainably (such as operating efficiently, with a high load factor and a young fleet) in 30% of cases, or choosing a green hotel in 30% of cases.

According to EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren,  implementing the roadmap step by step in the years ahead will ensure a sustainable future of aviation for the benefit of the next generation and the planet.

Author

  • Vincenzo Claudio Piscopo

    Vincenzo graduated in 2019 in Mechanical Engineering with an aeronautical curriculum, focusing his thesis on Human Factors in aircraft maintenance. In 2022 he pursued his master's degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy. He combines his journalistic activities with his work as a Safety and Reliability Engineer for Teoresi Group at Leonardo S.p.A.

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