easyJet Calls For Unity For A Net-Zero Industry

As easyJet mulls over its electric and hydrogen aircraft options for its future fleet, its management is calling…

easyJet Calls For Unity For A Net-Zero Industry

As easyJet mulls over its electric and hydrogen aircraft options for its future fleet, its management is calling for governments and the wider aviation scene to collaborate greater on sustainability initiatives. The low-cost carrier’s CEO, Johan Lundgren, spoke about the market’s requirements this morning.

easyJet is looking to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Photo: Getty Images

Better together

Simple Flying caught up with Lundgren ahead of his talk at Airbus’ facilities at Toulouse later today. He went over some key priorities for the industry in order to meet sustainability targets. Notably, the easyJet chief highlights that authorities need to back the development of hydrogen supply and infrastructure while also supporting renewable energy efforts.

Lundgren also emphasizes that officials need to incentivize the ramp-up of zero-emission tech. With this factor, he notes that money raised from environmental taxes must go back into the efforts to achieve sustainability goals.

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Lundgren feels that there needs to be better coordination across the industry. Photo: Getty Images

The next stage

easyJet has been doing progressive work when it comes to emissions as of late. It became the world’s first major airline to offset carbon emissions from the fuel used for every flight. Yet, the company’s leadership believes that this feat is just an interim solution and that the long term requirement is the deployment of hydrogen and electric aircraft.

“This is an exciting time for the industry where true zero-emission flight is within reach. Hydrogen and electric powered aircraft are already flying, with companies like Airbus committed to scaling the technology for commercial flights and aiming for entry into service in the 2030s. So, we all need to play our role to ensure that the infrastructure is ready for these exciting new aircraft,” Lundgren shared.

“But the industry can’t do it alone. We need governments to help the industry meet ambitious emissions reduction goals by championing financial and regulatory support for green technologies and investments in zero-emission aircraft. We stand ready to work with our partners and the wider industry to help deliver a more sustainable future for the industry.”

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Could Airbus’ ZEROe aircraft be a good fit for easyJet? Photo: Airbus

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More to be done

Overall, carriers are working intently to cut down emissions and operate more effectively in the new climate. Nonetheless, the wider spectrum also plays a crucial role, especially governments. Thus, Lundgren concludes that authorities need to deliver objectives for the Single European Sky and formally recognize offsetting. He believes that these factors would considerably reduce emissions immediately.

Numerous local and global outfits have been showing their innovation in the development of hydrogen and electric aircraft technologies. There will undoubtedly be significant breakthroughs in this market before this decade is over. However, while this technology matures, there is no clear winner to what the best solution would be for a commercial airline such as easyJet. Therefore, the carrier is ensuring it is communicating well across the supply chain to make a well-informed decision.

What are your thoughts about easyJet’s commitment to zero-emission flights? What do you make of the carrier’s plans in this field over the next decade? Let us know what you think of the airline and its goals in the comment section.

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European Airlines See Bookings Surge As The US Plans To Reopen

Europes airlines have seen a surge in booking overnight as the United States of America revealed that it…

European Airlines See Bookings Surge As The US Plans To Reopen

Europes airlines have seen a surge in booking overnight as the United States of America revealed that it would reopen to fully vaccinated tourists. The news will be extremely welcome by airlines who have been campaigning for the US to reopen to their passengers for months.

Airlines have seen a surge in bookings following the recent US travel announcement. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

Towards the pandemic’s start, the United States banned travelers from Europe, the UK, and a handful of other countries. At the time, these were hotspots for the COVID-19 virus. However, as cases dropped in such countries, the ban wasn’t revised, leading to anger from airlines and passengers.

A huge surge in bookings

Since the US government’s announcement, airlines in Europe have seen a huge surge in bookings. British Airways was one of the first to reveal as much. Just hours after the announcement was made, BA told it had seen a 700% increase in flight searches for the United States.

Rival airline Virgin Atlantic also saw a similar impact. This morning the airline revealed that bookings to the United States had increased by 600% overnight compared to a week earlier.

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Virgin saw booking increase by 600%. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

Unsurprisingly, New York had the highest increase in bookings as the airline’s flagship route. However, holiday destinations also benefited. Orlando bookings increased by 11 times, while Miami was up nine times and Las Vegas increased eight times. Commenting, the airline’s CEO, Shai Weiss, said,

“We are simply not Virgin without the Atlantic. After 18 months of uncertainty, we cannot wait to welcome our customers back onboard, flying them safety to their favourite US destination.”

The past week has been a double whammy of good news for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Not only did they receive notice that the United States would be reopening to their customers on Monday, but they also saw changes closer to home. On Friday, the UK Government revealed that it would be relaxing its COVID-19 related travel rules for vaccinated individuals, though they will become more challenging for the unvaccinated.

What about Lufthansa?

It is not only the UK airlines that are excited about the US reopening. Lufthansa has also seen positive booking changes. The German flag carrier observed a slightly more modest booking increase than Virgin Atlantic at 40%.

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The United States is Lufthansa’s most profitable market. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

The airline’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, revealed that the United States was its most profitable market during its last quarterly results, even despite the ongoing restrictions. With passengers allowed to travel once more, the airline should see a decent financial boost.

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Spohr called the news a “major course-setting event on our way out of the crisis”, adding,

“The removal of travel restrictions to the USA is not only a major step out of the crisis for our airlines but also terrific news for the transatlantic partnership. As of November, families and friends will finally be able to see each other again, and business partners will be able to reestablish and deepen relationships in person.”

Have you booked a flight to the US following the rule change? Let us know what you think and why in the comments!

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