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Air France get greener
October 20th, 2011 by elisa

It’s a hot issue among airlines as previous articles have shown, so now Air France have waded in to the green flight issue to claim that it has completed the world’s lowest CO2 emissions flight.

The commercial 80-minute flight from Toulouse to Paris emitted only half the greenhouse gases of other flights of the same length, according to the airline. It achieved this by using a mix of sustainable biofuels, optimised flight procedures and reduced onboard mass.

It was powered by a mix of conventional kerosene and biokerosene made from hydrogenated used vegetable oils. The airline claims this is a renewable, sustained energy source without the environmental or social impacts linked to agricultural biomass.

Other fuel-efficient measures taken during the flight included taxiing with one of the two engines shut down, climbing and descending continuously rather than in steps, and taking the shortest possible flight path. The aircraft was also fitted with a lighter seat, now used across the Air France short-haul fleet.

 


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