Thursday, October 14, 2010

Aeromexico goes "Green"

Aeromexico 737-752 (33788/1439) XA-GAM departs Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on a lovely winter afternoon.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

Aeromexico said it operated its first "green flights" aboard a 737-700 between Mexico City and San Jose, Costa Rica, aiming to save 555 kg. of carbon dioxide emissions on the roundtrip.

It also launched several eco-initiatives onboard the aircraft during the Oct. 12 flight, including eliminating "vita film" plastic and aluminum tops, utilizing new lightweight carts, separating organic and inorganic waste, reducing the amount of onboard printed materials and using biodegradable bags and hand soaps.

The flight also saved 300 kg. of CO2 emissions on the ground at MEX and 180 kg. on the ground at SJO, the airline stated. It attributed the flight's success to "the training of the pilots, flight attendants and ground personnel along with close coordination with vendors and entities in the air traffic control." It said the emissions savings achieved were owing "to the techniques and procedures used on land and in air," though it did not provide specifics.

"With these initiatives, the airline seeks to become the pioneer in the industry in Mexico and become a proactive partner of the efforts being made worldwide to improve the quality of the air and prevent climate change," the airline said in a statement.
(Christine Boynton - ATWOnline News)

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