Recovery Watch: Airline focus shifts to carbon emissions

In our monthly check-in with the Cirium team, we explore how environmental topics are shaping the global aviation recovery

Cirium’s November 2021 capacity data shows the continuing revival of the intra-European aviation market, including Russia, which has almost matched the recovery levels reached by the US domestic sector. This quicker-than-expected rebound means focus is shifting from returning aircraft to the skies, and towards airlines becoming greener and adopting long-term sustainability initiatives. Reducing carbon emissions is now at the centre of airline decision-making.

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Fuel-efficient aircraft, such as the Boeing 787, have been reintroduced to global fleets sooner than older examples

The topic took precedence at the recent 77th IATA annual general meeting in Boston, covering the targets set by ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to reduce absolute emissions by 50% by 2050 (compared to 2008 levels). Yet, longer-term focus that goes beyond CORSIA is needed, too.

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