Mango airlines goes green

2013-07-02 11:41
Cape Town – Following a call to consider the environment in whatever we do has led to Mango cutting down their carbon emissions by millions of tons.

Low cost airline Mango aims to reduce its carbon emissions by up to 1.7 million tonnes in 2014 as the airline pursues its offset targets for the decade.

By the middle of next year, Mango would have replaced seating across its entire fleet with lighter and fuel efficient seats with a weight saving of 820kg per aircraft. The seat replacement programme forms part of a 'Whole of Business' programme designed to reduce environmental impact. Since 2008 Mango has already reduced weight by more than 270kg per aircraft.

CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said weight savings result in substantial fuel burn savings and that the seat investment will deliver a dual benefit. "Less fuel burn means reduced input cost thus positively impacting travellers and fare costs. Simultaneously a saving of 1.7 million tonnes on emissions is a significant step toward reducing the impact that aviation has on the environment." Said Bezuidenhout.

However, this initiative forms part of a greater campaign to manage the environmental impact of the low cost airline’s operations.
Mango already carries 30 percent less unnecessary water on board short sector flights, and has removed unused ovens, water boilers and other unused weighty equipment. During maintenance, particular attention is given to aerodynamic smoothness to reduce drag in order to burn less fuel and emit fewer gases.

Towards the end of the year’s third quarter, Mango will have completed its carbon audit and will launch a voluntary emission offset programme for its Guests.

Bezuidenhout added that offsetting one’s travel on Mango may be far less than other carriers when monetized given the efficiency measures already in place. "Funds will be directed toward accredited offset projects in line with global standards and details of the offset projects will become available upon the implementation of voluntary offsets.” concluded the CEO.

The airline will further offset its emissions through participation in SAA Group initiatives as well as its own projects.

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