ATR and Braathens in pursuit of the “Perfect Flight”
While the air transport sector is often singled out for its CO2 emissions, key players in the aviation industry are actively working on solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of their activities. In this vein, ATR, in association with the Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines and two companies from the fuel industry, Neste and Air BP, managed to operate a scheduled flight with 46 % fewer emissions compared with a traditional flight!
Studies conducted at global level have shown that aviation accounts for 2% of overall carbon emissions, and 13% of those produced by transport activities. This is the context in which the initiative undertaken by ATR and the Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) got off the ground. The two companies recently managed to complete the first regional flight 100% designed to reduce carbon emissions to the lowest possible level. The operation was given the code name “The Perfect Flight”. Objective: prove that, by encouraging all air transport stakeholders to work together (manufacturers, airlines, airports, fuel industry) and by using currently available technology, it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions in the air transport sector. A challenge met with success, since this commercial flight operated by the airline BRA with 72 people on board, which took off from Halmstad in southwest Sweden and landed at Stockholm-Bromma airport 1 hour and 10 minutes later, registered 46% fewer CO2 emissions compared with a traditional flight!
« We have no choice but to take action to combat climate change and drastically reduce our emissions, and the entire aviation sector needs to play its part. Today, we have shown that it is possible to achieve a more environmentally friendly performance without compromising connectivity. This is a great step that holds a lot of promise. »
Anna Soltorp, Sustainable Development Director, BRA