Volaris consolidates itself as the greenest airline in Mexico
The airline is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by 4% by 2025
Within the framework of World Environment Day, Volaris, the ultra-low-cost airline that operates in Mexico, the United States and Central America, published a balance and reported on the actions carried out during 2020 in favor of the sustainable reactivation of the airline industry, reducing its environmental impact and the fight against climate change.
Committed to reducing its emissions and fuel consumption by 4% by 2025, as part of its Corporate Sustainability Program, through its Care for the Planet Approach and its Comprehensive Environmental Protection Policy #CielitoLimpio, Volaris seeks to contribute to the recovery and development of the industry in a sustainable way and comply with national and international agreements on environmental matters.
During 2020, through efficient fuel consumption management, Volaris reduced CO2 emissions from its operations by 6% compared to the previous year, which translates into savings of 11.3 million gallons of fuel and 110,800 tons of CO2, equivalent to the trip of 21,712 passenger vehicles during one year. From 2016 to date, the airline has managed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 18%, which is equivalent to 99.2 billion gallons of fuel, 970,000 tons of CO2 or 190,157 passenger vehicles driven during one year.
Volaris has one of the youngest and most efficient fleets in the American continent: 87 aircraft of the Airbus family, of which 79% have Sharklets (aerodynamic devices that reduce fuel consumption by approximately 4%), with an age 5.3-year average. In addition, the airline continues with its fleet renewal strategy for a more efficient one, which is why, in 2020, it acquired seven A320 NEOs (whose eco-efficient engines help reduce annual fuel consumption by more than 15%, thereby each aircraft reduces the emission of 5,000 tons of CO2 and 50% of NOx per year). With the acquisition of these aircraft, the company is approaching its goal of having, by 2023, 56% of NEO aircraft within its fleet. Airbus NEOs currently represent 35% of its fleet.
Additionally, during 2020, Volaris signed an agreement for the acquisition of 171 Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines for the A320 NEO aircraft that will receive between 2023 and 2028, with which it will increase the range of each aircraft for approximately six hours and will be able to further reduce fuel consumption, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, as well as the sound footprint.
As part of its efforts to have a more efficient use of fuel, the airline also restructured the management and offer of on-board services, reducing the products with fewer sales, modifying service carts to reduce their weight and acquiring lighter service carts. . Likewise, it signed an agreement with the premium seat manufacturer Recaro for the supply of 30% lighter seats for the 80 aircraft that will be delivered between 2021 and 2028, with which it will be able to have an extra annual fuel savings of approximately 32,000 gallons. . During 2020, Volaris also managed to reduce the navigation miles of its routes by 2.5%, the equivalent of 18 nautical miles on each flight, and decreased the use of its Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) from 80 minutes. , in 2018, to 43 minutes, in 2020,
In terms of offsetting the carbon footprint of its operations, Volaris was the first Mexican airline to create an alliance with the Mexican Carbon Platform (MexiCO2), which is certified by the United Nations for the purchase of carbon credits. Since 2015, the airline has acquired 33,274 certified carbon credits (TCO2), offsetting 100% of 797 round flights on the same route, neutralizing the carbon footprint of 123,189 Customers.
The certified bonds purchased by Volaris benefit the biogas recovery, burning and utilization project at the León Sanitary Landfill, Guanajuato, which promotes the sustainable development of this city, by generating electricity with renewable fuel, while minimizing the harmful effects of waste , avoiding the emission of 100,000 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the environmental impact of 20,000 cars and the electricity consumption of 3,000 families.
As part of its paper saving and recycling initiative, during 2020, Volaris achieved a saving of 144 tons of paper through different initiatives, including having transformed its on-board magazine into digital format and the 38 % of Volaris Customers made Mobile Check-in, this translated into savings of more than 3.8 million liters of water and 2,400 trees saved. Additionally, it safely destroyed and recycled 2.6 tons of paper, saving more than 68 thousand liters of water and saving more than 44 trees.
As part of its actions in waste management, the airline changed 100% of the stirrers, coffee cup lids and cutlery that they offer in the on-board service, from plastic to biodegradable materials, reducing the use of plastic waste. In addition, by 2021, Volaris has the objective of executing the waste separation and recycling management program, where a supplier will be sought to collect the waste and ensure its recycling. The objective of the airline is that, in 2022, it can expand this program to offices located in the International Airport of Mexico City, Tijuana, Cancun, Monterrey and Culiacán.
Thanks to its corporate sustainability strategy, since November 2020, Volaris has been a member of the MILA Pacific Alliance index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which is made up of 62 companies from different industries with the highest score for their sustainable performance, awarded by the Standard and Poors (S&P) rating agency, within the Pacific Alliance region. Volaris is the only airline selected as part of this index. Likewise, the airline renewed its ISO14001 and 9001 certification, due to the implementation of its environmental management program.