Etihad – Environmental Airline Of the Year 2023

by Airlineratings Editors
May 31, 2023

Etihad Airways has been awarded the Environmental Airline of the Year for 2023 and has been placed 3rd in the rating agency’s Top Twenty airlines.

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“In every aspect, Etihad Airways staff and management are committed to reducing the airline’s CO2 footprint and it shows. The rallying phrase is a million things count in reducing emissions and thus the focus is all-consuming.”

Mr Thomas added that “the airline’s Sustainability Report 2021-2022 demonstrates the potential advancements to be made in sustainable aviation by a wide range of initiatives, coordinated to achieve a 20 per cent reduction in emissions intensity in its passenger fleet by 2025, cut 2019 net emissions by 50 per cent by 2035, and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.”

Antonoaldo Neves, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We take great pride in reducing our CO2 RTK by 26 per cent. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and efforts of our team to drive our sustainability agenda and we thank them for their contributions.

“I am also very proud of our overall achievements, which go beyond delivering direct Co2 reductions but explore innovative solutions to the broader challenges facing aviation sustainability, as you can see in our annual report.”

Etihad Airways Sustainability Report is a benchmark for the industry and demonstrates the potential advancements to be made in sustainable aviation by a wide range of initiatives.

Amongst the many highlights of Etihad Airways’ eco achievements are:

  • Launched the world’s most comprehensive industry-wide testing and innovation program
  • Became the first airline to secure commercial finance based on verified compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations
  • Partnered with Boeing, Safran and NASA for eight days of specialised testing to enhance safety and reduce CO2 emissions and noise as part of the 2020 ecoDemonstrator program
  • Tested and implemented world-first operational efficiencies and technology solutions including Jeppesen Flite Deck Advisor, SATAVIA contrail avoidance, GE Engine Foam Wash, eTech logs and lightweight Unit Load Devices
  • Announced Etihad Mangroves Forrest project to establish carbon-absorbing forests in every country Etihad operates
  • Became the official airline sponsor of the BGCI Global Biodiversity Standard

And what is very exciting is that Etihad Airways is not only pushing the technological boundaries and supporting small innovative companies which are pioneering environmental breakthroughs but it is then sharing the knowledge gained.