12 December 2018

Atmosfair Ranking 2018: TUI Airlines among the world’s most carbon-efficient airlines

Recognition for TUI Airways and TUI fly

TUI Airlines have again achieved top rankings in the 2018 Airline Index published by the independent climate protection organisation atmosfair, which compares the carbon efficiency of the world’s 200 largest airlines: The British TUI Airways takes first place in the atmosfair ranking as in the previous year, reaching just under 80 per cent of the feasible optimum of low CO2emissions. Fourth place goes to its German counterpart TUI fly. 

“We are very pleased that TUI Airways (UK) and TUI fly (Germany) are once again ranked as top airlines for carbon efficiency in the atmosfair Index.TUI’s airlines are on average 24 per cent more carbon-efficient than the six largest European airlines.Investing in more efficient aircraft is key and the phase-in of 72 new Boeing 737 MAX by 2023 will support the delivery of our commitment to further reduce the carbon intensity of our operations“, said Kenton Jarvis, CEO TUI Aviation.

The top ranking reflects the efforts made in the framework of the sustainability strategy "Better Holiday, Better World". As well as creating positive change for people and communities, the sustainability strategy focusses on reducing the environmental impacts of holidays.. TUI Group aims to cut the CO2intensity of its global business operations by 10 per cent by 2020, focusing on airlines, cruise, hotels and ground transport. Jane Ashton, Sustainability Director of TUI Group, comments: “More than 80 percent of our carbon footprint comes from our flight operations. That's why, in addition to investing in more efficient aircraft, we are working to improve the environmental performance of our airlines, for example by consistently reducing their weight with carbon brakes, optimizing the amount of water they carry and efficient route planning through the use of digital tools”

The atmosfair Airline Index (AAI) captures about 92% of worldwide air traffic which includes 33 million flights around the globe. The current calculations are based on the latest available data on worldwide aviation from 2016. The AAI is based on the carbon emissions of a given airline per kilometre and passenger on all routes flown. The carbon emissions are calculated using the aircraft type, engines, use of winglets (aerodynamic wingtips), seating and freight capacity as well as the occupancy on every single flight. 

You can find the full atmosfair report here.