Air France chooses SkyBreathe® eco-flying solution to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions

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Air France is today pursuing its efforts in terms of innovation for carbon reduction by partnering with OpenAirlines, the leading global provider of fuel efficiency solutions. Under the agreement, OpenAirlines will continuously analyze the data of thousands of daily flights by deploying its eco-flying solution SkyBreathe® - which was developed in partnership with Transavia France, an Air France Group company - to identify fuel-saving opportunities to maximize Air France’s operational efficiency and thus minimize costs and carbon emissions.

This new initiative is part of Air France’s global commitment to reducing its environmental footprint through its fleet renewal, its piloting or ground handling practices, the use of biofuels, or its partnership with the Solar Impulse foundation aimed at developing innovative sustainable solutions for aviation. Air France has set an objective for 2030 to reduce by 50% its CO2 emissions per passenger / kilometer compared to 2005.

SkyBreathe® was one of the first innovative solutions to be labelled by the Solar Impulse Foundation. The software taps into the latest digital technologies by using sophisticated Big Data Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. It automatically analyzes billions of data records to identify the most relevant saving opportunities and provides a series of recommended actions that can reduce the total fuel consumption by up to 5%.

"We applaud all airlines that can go beyond the collective industry goals; this new agreement shows Air France's leadership in climate action. Topping the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in the airline category, the Air France KLM group is recognized as a leader in environmental performance; we are honored that Air France has chosen us to contribute to its clean recovery and to reduce its CO2 emissions further. As we are all working to rebuild our industry, severely impacted by the Coronavirus crisis, we will continue our unwavering commitment to help airlines further reduce their costs and their carbon footprint at the same time." said Alexandre Feray, CEO and founder of OpenAirlines.

“Sustainability is a top priority at Air France, and one of our greatest opportunities to reduce aviation’s CO2 footprint, beyond the modernization of our fleet, is through implementing more efficient procedures – both on board and on the ground – to make our operations greener.” said Jean Fernandez, Executive Vice President for flight operations at Air France. “We chose SkyBreathe® because OpenAirlines is an agile company with a long and solid experience in fuel savings. Thanks to SkyBreathe® we will better understand our operations and improve our flight efficiency by taking advantage of accurate data. Our ambition is to be more competitive while reinforcing our leadership in environmental excellence.”

Air France joins the large community of airlines adopting SkyBreathe® to improve their fuel efficiency, including Norwegian, Malaysia Airlines, Cebu Pacific, GoAir, Atlas Air and a number of other leading airlines.