Eco-Friendly Flying: How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint In The Skies

by AOL Travel Staff Subscribe to AOL Travel Staff's posts Posted Jun 28th 2011 10:00 AM


A A A has released their list of the most and least efficient airlines around the world. Which begs the question, how do ordinary citizens make their flights greener?

There are a handful of tips for people who want to make flying more energy efficient. How you choose your aircraft, your flight's seating arrangements and even flight time all have implications on a flight's efficiency.

The five main keys to take into account are an aircraft's passenger load factor, seat density, freight share, distance and fuel economy are all "critical factors for accurate flight carbon measurement and measurement," Brighter Planet reports. Check out a list of the greenest airlines here.

Here's the good news: Air travel efficiency has increased 20% since 2000, saving U.S. airlines a whopping $33 billion on fuel and prevented 670 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted.

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How about improving the "air travel --air space system"--although impressive gains have been made in airliner efficiency with improved jet engines, reduced construction weight, and other fuel saving measures--one of the biggest problems are delays--forcing airplanes to sit on the ground wasting fuel--or in the air with holding patterns--weather is a big factor--but some airports have more air traffic than they can handle--even in clear skies--regardless--CO2 levels will continue to increase

July 14 2011 at 11:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Do NOT fly Cathay Airlines:.They are the ones that ship captive Dolphins from the "Cove"....

June 28 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply