Volotea Offers Highest CO2 Reduction Since 2019

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LONDON – Volotea has recently released its report which showcased that the airline has reduced its total CO2 emissions since 2019 by 14.2% per available seat kilometer (ASK).


According to the data collected from IBA, a leading provider of market intelligence and consultancy services for the aviation industry, has revealed that Volotea has achieved the most CO2 reduction out of many European carriers since 2019. The reduction is a whopping 14.2% per ASK between 2019 and May 2022.

One of the leading factors of the massive reduction in emissions is the fleet change, flying from primarily Boeing 717s to Airbus A320s. This change already has an average reduction of 31% per ASK, according to IBA NetZero.

“IBA regularly shares insights on airline CO2 emissions, tracking the industry’s progress towards Net-Zero”, commented Geoff van Klaveren – Managing Director, Advisory at IBA Group.

“Volotea’s commitment to fleet renewal, combined with other sustainability initiatives, have resulted in a 14.2% reduction in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer since 2019, the greatest reduction of any short-haul airline in Europe.”

“Voloterra, Volotea’s sustainability program, focuses on 4 areas of action: Efficient Business Model, Emissions Reduction, Green Transition, and Offsetting Goals”, said Gloria Carreras, Volotea’s ESG Director.

“We are proud to see how our projects and efficiency initiatives are showing tangible results. Our objective is to continue improving to reach our goal of 50% reduction per passenger-kilometer compared to 2012,”

Significant Steps Taken…

The reduction that Volotea has been able to achieve is an amazing step in further reducing the airline’s carbon footprints. It is, however, also sad how not that many airlines have done a lot to innovate to the same extent as Volotea.

The reduction is a prime example of an airline modernizing its fleet to get both the maximum out of the ASK production, while also being able to do something to fight against the rapidly changing climate.

To be fair to the other airlines, the main reason why the reduction isn’t as significant as Volotea is that Volotea had many outdated airplanes, while many major airlines already have one of the most modern fleets.

Take Emirates for example. According to planespotters.net, Emirates has an average fleet age of 8.7 years, with the oldest being their executive A319 and the youngest their A380s.

If an airline such as Emirates were to do massive upgrades, they most likely wouldn’t have a reduction of more than 10% at most, while if an airline has many older planes, and decides to renew the entire fleet, they would have a massive reduction in emissions.

It’s this thought that should be kept in the back of your minds, as while it may be true that Volotea has had a massive reduction, some information could be inflated/deflated as to blow everything out of proportion to make everyone’s minds go wild with their information.  

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