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Good News: American Airlines Focuses on Sustainability

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Q2 2023

In recent news, American Airlines is working on net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. To achieve this goal, the airline is improving its operations by building more-fuel efficient aircraft powered increasingly by low-carbon fuel and new technology. According to Bloomberg, American is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design and execute more efficient descent procedures that allow aircraft to safely glide to airports from cruising altitude. It is estimated that these procedures could save up to 11 million gallons of fuel annually at several of their hubs. In addition, it developed a program called Terminal Flight Data Manager that saved more than 275,000 gallons of fuel annually at its second-largest hub by significantly reducing taxi times.  

The ongoing efforts have helped the airline improve fuel efficiency by more than 10% since 2013, an estimated 22 million+ metric tons of carbon dioxide. The emphasis on sustainability is not only outside the aircraft but inside as well. According to its website, American teamed up with sleepwear brand RECLINER to produce sustainable sleepsuits for international long-haul flights. The suits are made by a process that minimizes water waste and uses sustainably recycled plastic bottles (RPET) blended with cotton. Each sleepsuit is made from 12 400-ml bottles rescued from landfills.  

The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) loves to hear about companies that continue to improve and make advancements in the best interests of their customers and communities.