China Airlines Sustainability Demonstration Flight Improves Carbon Reduction Performance by 1500%

Taiwan-based carrier China Airlines’ recent flight CI753/CI754 between Taipei and Singapore was designated as the carrier’s sustainability demonstration flight during which it successfully reduced its carbon emissions by 150 tons.

The airline took part in the second “The Sustainable Flight Challenge” (TSFC) held by the major industry alliance SkyTeam, with flight CI753/CI754 between Taipei and Singapore showing a 1500% improvement on last year’s performance or the equivalent of planting a forest the size of 375 basketball courts.

The SkyTeam TSFC is a friendly competition focusing on the use and exchange of knowledge. China Airlines competed against 72 flights from 22 airlines around the world and was nominated for five awards. The winners were announced on August 3 with China Airlines winning the award for “Best Inflight Supply Chain” and “Best Adopted Solution.”

For inflight supplies, China Airlines worked closely with supply chain partners by trialing plastic reduction and taking carbon emissions throughout the product life cycle into account. The recycling of daily PET bottles and coffee dregs into eco-friendly woven goods and utensils spotlights China Airlines’ sustainability practices from the ground to the sky, resulting in the award for “Best Inflight Supply Chain.”

China Airlines also developed innovative new ideas such as “Dynasty Sky Reading” for travelers. Making more than a hundred publications available for free downloads reduced both payload and carbon emissions. This promising sustainability solution won praise from SkyTeam and will now be rolled out to other carriers, resulting in the award for “Best Adopted Solution.”

China Airlines also worked through the “ECO Travel” program to make the flights “net zero” by making all passengers and cargo carbon neutral.