TUI Travel takes a seat on the Sustainable Aviation Council


TUI Travel PLC is pleased to announce that it has been given a seat on the Council for Sustainable Aviation following the businesses ongoing commitment to sustainability. As of today, Jane Ashton, Group Director of Sustainable Development and Eddie Redfern, Head of Regulatory Affairs (Aviation), will jointly represent TUI Travel, the only Tour Operator on the Council.

Thomson Airways, one of TUI Travel’s six airlines, is a founding member of Sustainable Aviation when it was set up in 2005. The Group is recognised as one of the industry leaders in sustainability for its holiday offerings.

Jane Ashton, Group Director of Sustainable Development at TUI Travel commented: “As a business that takes its responsibility towards the environment and communities very seriously we are delighted to take a seat on the Sustainable Aviation Council. TUI Travel has been pioneering sustainable tourism for over a decade and we will continue to work hard to find ways to continually improve and promote greater collaboration. We admire the progress Sustainable Aviation has made to date and we look forward to playing a greater role going forward.”

Jonathon Counsell, Chair of the Sustainable Aviation Council commented: “As a founding member of Sustainable Aviation, we are extremely pleased that TUI Travel is now a member of the Council. Representing the tourism industry, both Jane and Eddie will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will undoubtedly help us in continuing to improve the sustainability performance of our vitally important industry.”

Eddie Redfern, Head of Regulatory Affairs (Aviation) at TUI Travel, added: “The Council brings together the key players in the industry and together we will work tirelessly to continue sustainable development of the UK aviation industry.”

Key highlights of TUI Travel’s sustainability achievements include:

* Across its six airlines, the Group has reduced its relative carbon emissions by 9.3% in five years, and a year before its Sustainable Holidays Plan concludes.

 *Average CO2 per revenue passenger kilometre now stands at 70.7g - an improvement of 3.2% since 2012, making us one of the most carbon efficient airlines in Europe and beyond.

*In the 2013 atmosfair Airline Index, TUIfly was named the most climate efficient airline worldwide with over a million passengers and most climate efficient charter airline (for the second year in a row), and also ranked Thomson Airways as the second most climate efficient for short haul flights.

*TUI Travel airlines will be the first in Europe to use the new innovative Split Scimitar Winglets, reducing fuel burn by an additional 2% (modified aircraft will begin flying from early 2014).

*TUI Travel made a commitment to purchase 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with improved fuel-efficiency (2018 delivery onwards).

*Thomson Airways (UK) and Jetairfly (Belgium) have taken delivery of their first batch of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which are forecast to emit 20% less CO 2 per passenger kilometre than comparable aircraft today.

*94% of TUI Travel’s aircraft are now fitted with fuel-saving blended winglets, reducing fuel burn by up to 5%.