ATLANTA – 4 October 2023: The seven winners of The Sustainable Flight Challenge, the industry-first sustainability initiative launched by global airline alliance, SkyTeam, have been announced at an awards event held at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta.
Launched in 2022, The Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC) harnesses the power of friendly competition to spark new innovations to help reduce air travel’s footprint. This year, 22 airlines operated a total of 72 flights – 50 more than in 2022 – 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.
“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 diverse jury of international aviation and sustainability experts who decided the winners of the 25 subcategories and seven overall awards. The winners are:
Winners of the 25 subcategory awards were unveiled last month.
SkyTeam is dedicated to powering a seamless, more responsible customer journey with all members working together to connect millions of passengers across and extensive global network of 1,050+ destinations. The members are Aeroflot (suspended), Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and XiamenAir.
About The Sustainable Flight Challenge:
The Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC) exists to challenge the aviation industry by stimulating and accelerating innovation towards a more sustainable future. TSFC was first presented in 2022 by SkyTeam, a leading airline alliance with member carriers around the world. This year’s Challenge took place between 15 May – 28 May 2023 in which 22 participating airlines implemented their most sustainable solutions, competing for awards in 32 categories. This Challenge - including flight and ground operations - is another step in the aviation industry’s path towards a more sustainable future.