KENYA: SkyTeam’s TFSC award takes Kenya Airways on board sustainable innovation

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With air transport accounting for 1.5% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC) organised by SkyTeam, an alliance of 18 international airlines, has rewarded Kenya Airways for its efforts in reducing its carbon footprint.

The Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC) is a multi-stakeholder competition designed to accelerate innovation and change in the aviation industry. For its 2022 edition, piloted by SkyTeam, an alliance of 18 international airlines, Kenya Airways won over the jury in the best fuel efficiency category with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The aircraft, which flies from Jomo-Kenyatta Nairobi International Airport (NBO) to the Dutch capital Amsterdam, used a carbon offsetting technique to reduce its CO2 emissions during maintenance operations. During the 6,662 km high altitude journey scrutinised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the 204 economy class passengers also enjoyed a special organic menu with local produce to appreciate the riches offered by nature which is increasingly affected by human action.

Kenya Airways, led by businessman Allan Kilavuka, will use the award to support a number of initiatives including environmental protection and the fight against global warming.

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“The climate crisis is the biggest challenge facing our industry and there is no time to lose. As airlines, we need to reshape a more sustainable air transport future for generations to come. Together, we are committed to further reducing our carbon footprint by finding new ways to reduce emissions, make our fleets more efficient and better care for the world we connect,” says SkyTeam.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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