Royal Brunei Airlines has outlined new eco measures planned throughout 2020 to ensure the carrier is an “environmentally sound” business into the next decade and beyond.
The introduction of new aircraft will help cut fuel consumption while other initiatives will be introduced covering recycling, control of electricity and carbon offsetting.
Chief executive Karam Chand said: “We are aware that some travellers view the aviation industry as the least environmental way to travel.
“We understand their concerns and have introduced new measures throughout our entire business in an aim to make Royal Brunei Airlines one of the most environmentally-sound airlines in the industry.”
Chand added: “We are committed to reducing fuel usage and this is evident from the aircraft we currently fly – the B787 and A320neo.
“Both these aircraft are well-known in the industry for their eco credentials.
“The B787 fuel consumption is 20% lower than equivalent aircraft, reducing NOx [nitrogen oxide] and carbon emissions.
“The A320neo provides a 50% reduction in noise footprint and 50% less NOx emissions – beating current industry standards for its eco credentials, it also produces up to 5,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions per year per aircraft.”
The airline’s UK and Ireland country manager Adiel Mambara said: “These measures are just the beginning of a new era of air travel for Royal Brunei Airlines.
“We continually assess our environmental impact, looking for ways to support the most efficient technology in our business. With this in mind we are working on a host of new initiatives for completion in 2020.
“While some may not agree, aviation is still a vital mode of transport for so many people, whether it be to travel on business or visiting friends and relatives overseas.
“It’s important that as an industry we offer connections for people who need them but in a way that is as environmentally friendly as possible.”