Flying Eco-Friendly Skies
|Source: United Airlines|
Green, Clean Flying
United Airlines called yesterday's Chicago to Los Angeles commercial flight "the Flight for the Planet" and a world first. For the first time on a single, commercial flight, four eco-friendly components were utilized: sustainable aviation biofuel, efforts to achieve zero cabin waste, operational efficiencies and carbon offsets.
Commitment to Sustainable Flying from the Top
United Airlines President Scott Kirby is personally committed to finding innovative ways for a more sustainable flying future. His goal is to establish United as the world's most environmentally friendly airline.
Yesterday's flight was 30% powered by aviation biofuel. Kirby wants all United flights eventually powered by biofuels. To cut fuel burn while on the runway, the pilots used one engine instead of two. The pilots also used a continuous rather than stepped descent to land at LAX to save fuel. Inside the cabin, United has a goal of zero cabin waste. Food and drink containers were recyclable and food wrapping was eco-friendly beeswax. Finally, United bought carbon offsets to cover portions of the flight that didn't achieve zero emissions. Yesterday's flight demonstrated the possibilities of flying green.