As part of the ‘International Day Against Climate Change,’ Aeromexico announces that it will operate its first flights between the United States and Mexico using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), saving 27 tons of CO2, the equivalent of stopping the circulation of over 3,800 cars in Mexico City for one day.
The flights will depart from San Francisco, California, and fly to Guadalajara and Mexico City on Boeing 737-800 aircraft powered by GE/Safran CFM56 engines. Nearly 40,000 gallons of sustainable fuel derived from waste animal fats and vegetable oils, as well as Jet A turbosine, were purchased for these flights.
Neste Company, a leader in the development and supply of renewable fuels and, according to Corporate Knights, one of the most sustainable firms in the world, was the supplier at the start of a long-term cooperation.
Aeromexico’s Sustainable Project Planning Manager, Maria Dolores Paradis, commented: “Reducing CO2 emissions is an important aspect of our long-term climate change plan. We’ve had a fuel economy program for more than a decade that has saved roughly 270,000 tons of CO2, which is similar to the annual circulation of 105,000 cars in Mexico City.
Aeromexico’s operations, engineering, and optimization teams work on these efforts every day, putting us to the test as a company, as an industry, and contributing to a better future for Mexico and the globe.”
The company’s emissions will be reduced by up to 80% if biofuel is used.
Aeromexico is a pioneer in the use of biofuel in Mexico and Latin America, allowing airlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. As part of the Green Flights program in 2010, many flights were performed between Mexico and Costa Rica using sustainable fuels. The company’s operations engineering team initiated the first biofuel transatlantic flight between Mexico and Madrid in 2011, as well as a flight to So Paulo for the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference RIO+20 in 2012.
Aeromexico is one of the airlines that uses lean-burn combustion technologies and high propulsive efficiency in their aircraft. As a result, fuel burn has been decreased by up to 25%, and the company’s commitment to future biofuel operations has been reaffirmed in conjunction with GE and Safran.
The airline, among other things, features Green Flights, a voluntary emissions compensation scheme through which passengers and staff can contribute $90.00 MXN when purchasing an airline ticket to help reduce the carbon footprint of their travel. The funds are used to fund verified social and environmental projects.
The Mexican airline spoke out in favor of IATA’s resolution about the long-term commitment to achieve zero net CO2 emissions by 2050 during the IATA Annual General Meeting in early October.
Aeromexico will continue to adopt actions to reduce and offset its emissions in order to contribute to a greener future for future generations, in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 13 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Climate Action.
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