SkyTeam has announced the seven winners of The Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC), an industry-first initiative aimed at creating new innovations to help reduce air travel’s footprint.

A total of 22 airlines operated a total of 72 flights for this year’s competition and submitted more than 350 new ideas that will be shared across the industry. Overall, this year’s TSFC resulted in an average improvement of 19% in CO2 intensity compared to the same flights operated the previous month.

Patrick Roux, CEO of SkyTeam, commented, “Alliances were built on cooperation and SkyTeam’s Sustainable Flight Challenge demonstrates how working together beyond the traditional realms of network and customer service can help reduce aviation’s impact.

“The participating airlines have sparked hundreds of new solutions and ways of working that have the potential to bring about positive action and drive wider industry change while we await game-changing technology and greater availability of sustainable aviation fuels.”

Award submissions were evaluated by a jury of international aviation and sustainability experts who decided the winners of the 25 subcategories and seven overall awards. The winners are:

  • Best Innovation – Kenya Airways
  • Best Adoption – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Best Collaboration – Air France
  • Lowest CO2 Emissions – TAROM
  • Greatest CO2 Reduction – China Eastern
  • Best In-flight Waste Management – KLM Cityhopper
  • Lowest CO2 Emissions Ground Operations – Air Europa

Winners of the 25 subcategory awards were unveiled last month.

Image: SkyTeam

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