• Transatlantic airlines’ poor fuel-economy shows need for efficiency standards and carbon pricing

    Some of the world’s largest airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa and United Airlines, are among the least fuel-efficient carriers on transatlantic routes, according to a new study. The failure of highly profitable carriers to invest in more fuel-efficient planes on one of the most lucrative routes in the world is a clear sign that efficiency standards and carbon pricing are needed, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment said.

    Graph by ICCT
    BA ranked as the least fuel-efficient airline on a transatlantic route in 2014, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation. It burned 51% more fuel per passenger-kilometre than the most efficient carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle. BA is among the many premium carriers that fall below the industry average. Others include Lufthansa, American Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
    Andrew Murphy, aviation policy officer at Transport & Environment, said: “If you can’t get highly profitable airlines on the most lucrative route in the world to improve fuel efficiency, then how can you expect it to happen elsewhere? Efficiency standards and carbon pricing are needed if aviation is to play its role in keeping global warming below 2 degrees.”