Last week, Germany’s second-largest airline, airberlin, took home the “Silver Eco-Airline of the Year” award, an Eco-Avation award given by American aviation magazine Air Transport World. In 2012, Germany’s second-largest airline set a new record with its average fuel consumption of 3.4 liters per 100 passenger kilometers flown. Through all the measures implemented last year airberlin reduced its CO2 emissions by a total of more than 100,000 tons. That is the equivalent of nearly 7,000 flights from Munich to Palma de Mallorca. airberlin has won a number of awards for its commitment in the field of eco-efficiency. Despite being hailed as one of the greenest airlines, the company wants to continue to become more efficient: “We are delighted to have won this award. It is a great acknowledgement of the success of the comprehensive and continuous work we are doing in this field. However, we are not content to stop here. This is why airberlin is working on further projects and innovations, in addition to the 55 measures already being implemented as part of our eco-efficiency program; these will help to constantly reduce fuel consumption in the direction of the 3-liter mark. This autumn, at airberlin it is all about eco-efficiency: over the coming weeks, the airline will present further details of the new measures such as software developed in-house for optimized air flow and a training program for saving fuel when flying,” says Hermann Lindner, Vice President Environment and Infrastructure at airberlin, who received the award in Washington.
United took the top prize this year, with Qantas coming in third.