Few industries have faced greater disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic than the commercial airline industry. As carriers recover and rebuild, they are navigating significant financial and organizational challenges related, in part, to evolving health and safety protocols, technology outages, labor shortages and changes in customer behavior. At the same time, the industry is taking a hard look at its environmental footprint and is actively identifying ways to establish and invest in sustainability priorities.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), aviation is responsible for 3 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. This may not seem like a lot, but while most economic sectors are shrinking their carbon footprint, aviation’s is rising. 

 

Though, greener air travel is possible, but it will be a challenging task.

The travel industry is preparing for carbon neutrality through a combination of increased fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, new technologies, carbon capture and carbon offsets. Partnerships with suppliers, manufacturers and airports will be required to decarbonize air travel.

In addition, the travel purposes are changing. The pandemic caused a surge of self-reflection on life choices and the new normal for business meetings takes place online. A report released by Booking.com found that 53% of global travellers wanted “to travel more sustainably in the future as Coronavirus has opened their eyes to humans’ impact on the environment.”

This programme “Sustainable Air Travel” comprises a series of activities covering three main areas of focus:

Three Focus Pillars

Autonomous & Connected

  • sharing knowledge on the latest innovation that will lead the way towards safer, more efficient and interoperable flight.
  • Inspire other industries with solutions to be mobility future ready
  • Mapping current air mobility mega trends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zero Emission

  • Europe’s airline industry launched a plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Clean aviation aims to put aviation on route to climate neutrality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industry 4.0 revolution

  • meeting the market needs and customer expectations pushes the industry to radically transform the way today’s aircraft are designed and manufactured
  • inspire other professionals and experts by thought leadership in this field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Activity Pillars

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Sharing Sessions and Panel Discussions

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Video CEO interview campaign

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Site visit

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Participating Members