The airline industry magazine Air Transport World (ATW) has announced the winners of the first-ever Eco-Aviation Awards.
The Southwest Airlines topped the list as the Eco-Pioneer of the Year.
The biggest achievement of this eco- minded company is the diversion of more than 7,300 tons of waste from landfills since August 2008. These 7,300 tons is equal to the weight of 173 Boeing 737-300 jets.
Another remarkable feature is their new eco-friendly and cost-efficient cabin interior – Evolve. Evolve cabin seats are made from eco-friendly leather alternative material. The company is expecting that the Evolve interior will be available in their entire fleet from next year onwards.
Lufthansa Group and FedEx Express also joined the Southwest Airlines in the award list.
Lufthansa Group received the Eco-Airline of the Year Gold Award for its efforts to reduce fuel consumption and emissions on air and in the ground, While FedEx Express won the Eco-Airline of the Year Silver Award for its EarthSmart program.
This shipping company has solar power installations at ground facilities and even has a green roof at one ground location.
The other names included in the list are Dallas/Fort Worth International for theEco-Airportof the year, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN) project for Eco-Partnership of the Year and Pratt & Whitney for Eco-Technology of the Year.
The winners will be officially recognized in ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference in Crystal City,Virginia, which is going to be held on next month.
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