ICCT Releases Data On Trans-Atlantic Airline Fuel Efficiency

The International Council on Clean Transportation recently released its data on the fuel efficiency of 20 transatlantic airlines, which show the most and least fuel efficient ways to travel to South America tours from Europe.

At the bottom of the list, with the worst fuel economy, is the British flag carrier airline, British Airways, which rates at a 27 passenger kilometres per litre. This number is 63% more fuel for every passenger kilometre than the list’s top ranking airline, low-cost, long-trip airline Norwegian, which posted an average fuel economy of 44 passenger kilometres for every litre.

The report was published on the 11th of September, and discovered that the 20 airlines that fly the most people across the Atlantic in 2017 had improved their fuel efficiency by 1% since 2014. However, the research also noted that aging, larger models like the 747 were holding the industry’s average back.

The ICCT study highlighted the importance of the industry embracing more efficient technologies and aircraft models like the 787 Dreamliner, and Airbus A350, among others, with the latter used by Norwegian and Virgin, #1 and #8 on the list, respectively.

According to the ICCT, the overall data showed that airlines with more fuel-efficient aircraft, less premium seating and higher passenger and freight loads posted more fuel efficient results. The non-profit organization noted that the different between the most and least fuel-efficient transatlantic airlines widened to 64% in 2017.

A statement from the airline with the lowest fuel efficiency in the list, British Airways says that it was working on dealing with the issue by purchasing more modern, fuel-efficient aircrafts, and that their lower numbers were due to their higher volume of business and first class seating.

Norwegian, in a statement, says that the most important thing any airline could do to help the environment was to be as fuel efficient as possible, via maximizing seating for their flights to South America tours and anywhere else across the pond, as well as investing in more fuel efficient technologies and aircraft. To that end, they’re reportedly scrapping their Singapore route, which is one of the world’s longest budget flights.

Starting in 2019, the aviation industry will start monitoring their carbon emissions as part of the industry’s agreement to cut down pollution generated by air travel by 2050, which is thought to account for 2% of all of the world’s man-made carbon emissions.