Recently, The International Council on Clean Energy (ICCT) released its new study on fuel-efficiency for 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States, East Asia and Oceania in 2016, the company said.
China´s Hainan Airlines and Japan´s All Nippon Airways ranked the first in efficiency performance, the least-performing carrier–Qantas Airways–by 64%.
Aviation is a major contributor to climate pollution, accounting for about 2.5% of global CO2 emissions. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) forecasts airline traffic in Asia/Pacific will account for 31% of CO2 from international aviation in 2020, with North America at 15%. In order to achieve ICAO´s long-term, aspirational goal of increasing the fuel efficiency of international flights by 2% annually, more fuel-efficient wide-body aircraft will need to be introduced to keep up with demand.
Besides aircraft type, Hainan Airlines has also been exploring other strategies for green travel and sustainable development. In June 2016, Hainan co-founded the “Green Aviation Initiative Network” with 27 other companies, aiming to develop a platform that facilitates conversations on green travel.
The GAIN Network has hosted multiple forums and community activities so far. A year later, on November 21st, 2017, Hainan completed its first transcontinental flight with an aircraft fueled in part by bio fuels derived from waste cooking oil. The plane took off from Beijing and landed in Chicago. It marked a step forward in China´s plan of meeting goals for a green economy.