Based on a report by Afrik 21, Kenya Airways (KQ) emerged winner in one in every of 14 classes in SkyTeam’s inaugural version of The Sustainable Flight Problem (TSFC) which came about between the first to 14th of Might. The class KQ gained needed to do with gas effectivity.
The TSFC competitors was established out of SkyTeam’s want to problem the aviation business by stimulating and facilitating innovation and alter. The hope is that simply as the good Melbourne to London aviation races of 1934 sparked many adjustments in worldwide journey, so will TSFC. The United Nation’s Sustainable Improvement Targets (UNSDGs) kind the idea of the problem, which cleverly shares the identical acronym with one of many essential metrics of gas effectivity, Thrust Particular Gasoline Consumption.
“The local weather disaster is the most important problem dealing with our business and there’s no time to lose. As airways, we have to reshape a extra sustainable air transport future for generations to return. Collectively, we’re dedicated to additional lowering our carbon footprint by discovering new methods to cut back emissions, make our fleets extra environment friendly and higher take care of the world we join,” stated SkyTeam.
Allan Kilavuka, CEO of Kenya Airways, shared the same sentiment, saying, “The aviation business has a vital function in creating sustainable options in our operations as we’ve a accountability to cut back our carbon footprint. The Sustainable Flight Problem is a chance for our business to make actual change to sustainable aviation by harnessing competitors to spur motion and innovation.”
The contestants have been 16 of the 18 member airways which kind the distinguished SkyTeam alliance. They have been judged throughout 14 classes by a panel made up of seasoned, various and worldwide judges from the sustainability and aviation sectors. The focus of the problem, because the title implies, was on how flights could possibly be operated in a extra sustainable method.
SkyTeam hopes to broaden the problem to different essential aviation-related points, and to incorporate non-members in subsequent years.
KQ’s Boeing 787 was set to ship a gas effectivity of as much as 20% in comparison with different lengthy haul flights, utilizing superior applied sciences which included its ultra-high bypass ratio GE turbofan engines.
The flight, which was scrutinised by Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA), had 204 economic system class passengers who have been served a particular natural menu sourced from native produce. Passengers got the choice to make use of the voluntary carbon offsetting instrument to cut back its Carbon emissions. Passengers have been inspired to journey gentle; the heavier the plane, the extra gas could be consumed.
KQ additionally arrange environmental sustainability initiatives all through different phases of the plane operation together with flight dispatch, upkeep and flight operations.
The winners of all 14 classes of the competitors shall be recognised at an award ceremony within the third week of June. KQ plans on utilizing the award fund to help some IATA-attested sustainability initiatives.
Kenya Airways, one in every of Africa’s prime airways, is the one African member of SkyTeam. The airline enjoys the advantages of being part of the alliance, which incorporates the attractiveness of frequent flyer packages that may be loved by passengers by means of your entire SkyTeam community.
The airline was dubbed Africa’s Main Airline by the World Journey Awards in 2020.