We will drive environmental improvements across our aviation operations

Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges facing the international community. Aviation accounts for over 80% of our carbon footprint, and our focus is therefore on reducing the climate impact of our TUI airlines. In 2018/2019, TUI airlines’ relative carbon emissions were 65.2g per revenue passenger kilometre (gCO2/RPK). Since 2008, we have reduced relative CO2 emissions at TUI Airline by almost 14%.

We already run the most carbon-efficient airlines in Europe, have a strong history of backing new, carbon-saving technologies, and support progressive climate policies for aviation. But we will continue to focus consistently on reducing airline emissions, also through the renewal of our airline fleet. TUI Group was the first tourism group to launch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to its fleet. The Dreamliner consumes around 20% less jet fuel than comparable aircraft and the Boeing 737 MAX is 15% more carbon efficient than the previous generation. In addition, all TUI holiday airlines are certified according to the internationally recognised ISO 14001 environmental standard.

Fully certified

Each of our five tour operator airlines (based in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Nordics and Belgium) maintained their ISO 14001 environment management certification and all airlines were certified to the latest version of the standard ISO 14001:2015. TUI fly Germany is also registered in the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Optimising for efficiency

Improving carbon efficiency is central to our strategy for TUI Airlines. Along with continuously renewing our aircraft fleet, efficiency measures like these are key to achieving this goal:

  • Process optimisation, e. g. single-engine taxiing in and out, acceleration altitude reduction, drag reduction, mass and balance optimisation and wind uplinks
  • Weight reduction, e. g. introduction of carbon brakes and water uplift optimisation
  • Flight planning optimisation, e. g. alternate distance optimisation, statistical taxi fuel, minimum fuel optimisation, and an optimised cleaning schedule
  • Constant refinement of the fuel management system to improve fuel analysis and pilot communication, track savings and identify further opportunities

Global recognition

TUI’s airlines again earned top ranking in the 2018 Airline Index from the independent climate protection organisation atmosfair, which compares the carbon efficiency of the world’s 200 largest airlines. TUI Airways won first place in the atmosfair ranking for the second consecutive year. TUI fly Germany netted fourth place.

The index also ranks airlines by their type – charter, regional and low-cost. For the second consecutive year, TUI Airways and TUI fly Germany were recognised as the #1 and #2 charter airlines in the ranking. Since 2015,TUI Airways and TUI fly Germany have been ranked in the top 5 airlines in the overall global rankings, and in the top 3 positions for charter airlines.

Sustainable aviation

As part of our industry’s efforts to lower its carbon emissions, TUI is committed to reduce fuel consumption until sustainable fuels become commercially viable – both economically and in terms of supply. TUI engages in industry initiatives and research programmes such as the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group to help scale up sustainable Aviation fuels of the future.