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Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines has achieved a number of significant successes in the field of environmental protection in recent years. The Austrian carrier has managed to implement a range of measures designed to reduce kerosene consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. In addition to this, Austrian Airlines has been able to reduce the amount of waste it produces by means of an innovative waste prevention system in place since 2002. Based on its complex activities to protect the environment, Austrian Airlines was officially designated an "ecoprofit" company for the fifth time in 2011. This means Austrian is using a wide range of different activities to combine ecological measures with economic benefits.

Kerosene consumption reduced by environmentally-friendly fleet
Austrian Airlines was the first European airline to fit its entire Boeing B767 long-haul fleet with winglets. The use of winglets is one of the most effective technical measures available to reduce fuel consumption. The environment benefits from this measure through lower levels of kerosene consumption of around five percent per aircraft per year. By operating aircraft of the Airbus A320 family, moreover, Austrian has committed itself to an aircraft model whose construction design complies with the latest findings in aerodynamics, and consequently features very low kerosene consumption. The company's operation of the Dash-8 fleet is also very environmentally-friendly: when fully loaded, the Dash-8 Q400 only consumes around 3.5 litres of fuel per 100 km per passenger.

Extensive reduction in CO2 emissions
Austrian Airlines has also been able to keep its CO2 emissions per passenger at a low level by employing a range of different measures. This success is the result not only of the improved load factor of its aircraft, but also the weight reduction measures the company now uses. Austrian Airlines has fitted the majority of its short- and medium-haul aircraft with innovative, lighter seats. The new seats are up to five kilograms per unit lighter than their predecessors, enabling them to save kerosene and protect the environment. Furthermore all Hi8 video cassette player of the A320 fleet have been replaced with digital video server and the lighting of the Fokker fleet was replaced with LEDs. Small changes with a large effect: a reduction of the kerosene consumption by 55 tons per year as well as about 20% less power consumption - positive effects on both the environment and Austrian Airlines.
The Fuel Safe Board working group continually evaluates measures designed to reduce fuel consumption, and subsequently ensures these are implemented.
Passengers of Austrian Airlines can also donate to climate protection projects to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of their flights, thereby compensating for those emissions. They can do this through the offsetting provider Climate Austria, which is directly linked to the Austrian Airlines booking system.

Noise prevention measures
Austrian Airlines cooperates closely with Vienna International Airport and Austro Control to keep levels of flight noise as low as possible. The majority of this noise prevention work is done within the framework of the Vienna Airport Dialogue Forum, a communications platform founded in 2005. The Austrian provinces of Lower Austria, Vienna and Burgenland participate in the Dialogue Forum, along with groups representing communities situated directly along those routes, citizens' initiatives, Vienna Airport and Austrian Airlines. Together, the Forum seeks to define routes which will produce the lowest possible noise levels on the ground, and can be flown in an economical and environmentally-friendly way.

Further details available at:
www.austrian.com/umwelt

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