First In The World Finnair Airlines To Use Actual Emissions Calculator


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First In The World Finnair Airlines To Use Actual Emissions Calculator

By Jim Douglas

September 11, 2010 - Finnair has launched a new revised emissions calculator. The calculator is the only one in the world to be based on actual cargo, passenger and fuel consumption figures, not averages or assumptions. The calculations are certified by PricewaterhouseCoopers and they will updated quarterly on the basis of actual realized figures. 

"We wanted to devise a calculator whose figures are indisputable, because transparency is one of the cornerstones of our corporate responsibility. The fact that the calculations are based on actual emissions figures is a breakthrough in the airline industry," says Finnair's Vice President, Sustainable Development Kati Ihamäki.


In the calculations, consumed fuel has been allocated proportionately based on weight to both cargo and passengers for each flight, and the calculator presents the share attributable to passengers. Finnair is committed to reducing its emissions by 24% per seat from 2009 to 2017. Work to reduce emissions also took place before this period, so between 1999 and 2017 emissions will be reduced by 41%. 

"We are making emissions reductions on our own accord, employing one of the world's most modern fleets and continuously developing our operating practices. Emissions can also be reduced by improving infrastructure, such as the Single European Sky program, which will improve efficiency in air traffic control. We also support a global emissions trading system for air transport," says Ihamäki. Finnair Plc is Finland's largest airline and flag carrier, with its headquarters on the grounds of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Vantaa, Finland, and its main hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.  

Finnair and its subsidiary companies dominate both the domestic and international air travel markets in Finland. The largest owner is the Government of Finland with 55.8% of the shares. Finnair is a member of the Oneworld alliance. In 2006, the airline transported 8.8 million passengers, on a network of 15 domestic and 55 international destinations. In addition there are about 50 seasonal charter-flight destinations. Skytrax ranks Finnair as a 4 star airline.


From its Helsinki-Vantaa base Finnair flies to Asia and North America, and is now extending its European operations with the introduction of Embraer jets. The domestic operations are partly carried out in cooperation with Finncomm Airlines, operating an ATR/Embraer fleet. Finnair aircraft fleet consist of Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A321ER, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-300, Airbus A350-900, Boeing 757-200WL, Embraer E-170, Embraer E-190 and McDonnell Douglas MD-11F


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