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SkyTeam's Second Sustainable Flight Challenge: Shaping the Future of Eco-Friendly Air Travel



After months of innovation and ideas, the wait is over. From May 15th to May 28th, 2023, 22 airlines from around the world will be part of SkyTeam's second Sustainable Flight Challenge, a shared mission to discover new solutions that help make air transportation more eco-friendly.

For the second consecutive year, the global airline alliance is using competition and challenges within the airlines to operate flights in the most sustainable way possible.


The Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC), launched in 2022, is the first sustainability initiative of its kind in the industry and aims to achieve significant change in the short term.


Participating airlines are committed to sharing their innovations and knowledge with the entire industry after the challenge to help reduce the environmental impact of aviation while the industry waits for greater availability of alternative fuel sources.


"After last year's inaugural challenge generated hundreds of new innovations, many of which are being adopted by our airlines, we are eager to see what new ideas the second Sustainable Flight Challenge will bring to our sector," said Patrick Roux, CEO of SkyTeam.


To select the winners, flights must be part of the airlines' existing networks and within a specified distance. Once completed, airlines submit their results, which will be evaluated for each award according to criteria established by a diverse group of aviation and sustainability experts from around the world.


This year's seven award categories include lower CO2 emissions, greater reduction of CO2, lower CO2 ground operations, better onboard waste management, better collaboration, adoption, and innovation.


This year, the 22 participating airlines - SkyTeam members and "friends and family" of SkyTeam - will operate a total of 72 flights, 24 of which will be short-haul, 24 medium-haul, and 24 long-haul. Last year's challenge consisted of a total of 22 flights operated by 16 airlines.


"Much work has gone into these dedicated flights, and I am proud of the efforts these airlines are making in our mission to reduce emissions and find new ways to make air transportation more eco-friendly," said Patrick Roux.


The airlines participating in the challenge are: Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Endeavor Air, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, Jambojet, KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Korean Air, MEA, Saudia, Shanghai Airlines, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, and Xiamenair.


The winners of each category will be announced at the end of the year, and ideas, innovations, and knowledge will be presented at an event hosted by Delta Air Lines in Atlanta.


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