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05.07.2012ATW Magazine reveals winners of inaugural Eco-Aviation Awards
Penton Media’s Air Transport World today announced the winners of its inaugural ATW 2012 Eco-Aviation Awards.

Winners were selected by ATW’s team of Editors. They are:

Gold Eco-Airline of the Year: Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa’s breadth and depth of environmental efforts across the entire company made it stand out as this year’s Eco-Airline Gold winner. The airline’s dedication to fuel-efficiency, which is achieved through an ongoing investment in fleet modernization, including adding the Airbus A380 and new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental to the fleet, and the development of a more effective flight-route planning solution; humanitarian relief that provides aid to communities struck by natural disasters and supports protection of endangered species; and vital umbrella support from senior-level management via Lufthansa’s cross-departmental Sustainability Board, caught the editors’ attention. Also noteworthy was Lufthansa’s long-term research program conducted through the latter half of 2011 in which it assigned an Airbus A321 to fly routine, eight-times daily scheduled flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt using biofuel in one of its two engines. The burnFAIR project demonstrated that fuel burn was slightly less than with conventional jet fuel, but even more importantly established the principle of biofuel’s technological suitability for routine airline operations.

“Lufthansa’s comprehensive environmental and sustainability efforts touch nearly every corner of the airline, and in many cases influence the entire industry. For example, the unprecedented long-term biofuel study that Lufthansa concluded in January will no doubt benefit the entire industry,” ATW Executive Editor Karen Walker said.

Silver Eco-Airline of the Year: FedEx Express. An operating company of FedEx Corporation,FedEx’s approach to minimizing its impact on the environment is both comprehensive and innovative. The company’s EarthSmart program aims to find or create new ways not only to improve its own environmental performance, but also to point the way for other companies, in the aviation and logistics industries and beyond. Through myriad efforts from optimized flight planning routes to the introduction of new fuel efficient and lower emission aircraft to the building of solar-powered ground facilities and even the creation of a building with a vegetated roof, FedEx is committed to reducing its carbon footprint across every part of its operations. Its 20 by 20 program has the goal of reducing aircraft emission by 20% by 2020. To date, FedEx has achieved a 13.8% reduction.