Low-cost, long-haul specialist Norwegian.com has been unveiled as the most fuel efficient transatlantic airline, for the second year in a row.
The white paper that was released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) analysed the fuel efficiency of the 20 leading airlines on routes between Europe and the United States in 2017.
The findings showed that Norwegian achieves an average of 44 passenger kilometers per litre of fuel (pax-km/L) which is 33% higher than the industry average.
The ICCT’s Brandon Graver said that “one of the biggest changes in the transatlantic market between 2014 and 2017 was an increase in operations from European low-cost carriers and the further utilization of newer, fuel-efficient aircraft”.
Norwegian uses of the latest aircraft including Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 737 Max
Speaking about the findings, Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian said: “The most important thing that an airline can do for the environment is to invest in newer aircraft which use the latest technology to be as fuel efficient as possible. Our strategy to have a modern fleet is paying dividends not only for our business and customers, but also our planet. This recognition from ICCT is truly the highest form of industry praise and is validation that we’re moving in the right direction with more environmentally friendly planes. For customers, this offers yet another reason to fly with us, to help reduce their carbon footprint.”
Being fuel efficient is now just good for the environment, it also helps to lower operating costs for airlines by reducing their overall fuel bill, one of the biggest costs an airline faces.
Norwegian operates transatlantic flights from London Gatwick and Edinburgh.