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prevalent aircraft” in the company’s transatlantic fleet.
Te only other carrier in the top 20 to operate the Boeing
model was KLM. Te most common aircraft now operat-
ing US-European sectors is the Airbus A330-300.
“BA flew more than half of its departures on inefficient
Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380 aircraft, leading to an
average aircraft fuel burn 8% higher than the industry aver-
age,” ICCT noted “Tese aircraft also have a lower seating
density compared to the rest of the industry.”
Te airline plans to retire the 747-400 from its fleet
by 2024. ICCT notes that International Airlines Group
CEO Willie Walsh has stated he is interested in obtaining
additional A380s. “Although larger airplanes with more
premium seating may conjure up feelings of luxury travel,
they do not help the airline’s environmental performance,”
It notes, however, that BA does operate more fuel-efficient 787s on transatlantic routes, with average fuel efficiencies at or above the industry average.
“Te most important thing that an airline can do for
the environment is to invest in newer aircraft which use the
latest technology to be as fuel-efficient as possible,” Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos said.
“Tis recognition from ICCT is truly the highest form
of industry praise and is validation that we’re moving in the
right direction with more environmentally friendly planes.”
In a statement, BA said it was “committed to reducing
our carbon emissions. We are investing heavily in modern,
fuel-efficient aircraft, including the 787, A380 and A350.
We are well on course to deliver a 25% improvement in
carbon emissions reduction by 2025.”