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SkyTeam to Launch Second Sustainable Flight Challenge in May 2023

After a successful rollout last year, SkyTeam will once again conduct their second Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC) in May 2023. The inaugural TSFC brought together 16 airlines, who collectively improved efficiency by 15 percent across participating flights.


SkyTeam Announces Second Sustainable Flight Challenge for 2023 - Courtesy SkyTeam

On Thursday (February 9, 2023), SkyTeam announced the launch of their second Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC), which will take place in May 2023. During the first TSFC last May, 16 member airlines came together to search for innovative solutions to make flights more sustainable. Across 22 medium and long-haul flights included in the challenge, the carriers collectively improved operational efficiency by 15 percent, as measured by CO2 intensity. Building on the success of the first TSFC, many new ideas developed last year will be included in TSFC 2023.


In Thursday’s announcement, SkyTeam’s CEO and Managing Director, Patrick Roux, said,


“The transformation needed to reduce aviation’s environmental impact cannot happen by working in isolation. Our members are sharing a wealth of creative ideas and showing immense commitment in our bold ambition of making The Sustainable Flight Challenge a force for change. With sustainability a key pillar of SkyTeam’s strategy, we are excited to extend this year’s challenge to other airlines and industry partners to spark more creativity and find more innovations. By sharing knowledge and workable solutions we can deliver a more sustainable experience for customers, while helping decarbonize aviation to better protect the planet.”

In addition to being a competition, collective learning is a central tenet of the TSFC program, and all participating airlines are committed to sharing knowledge, while respecting legal competition boundaries. In August 2022, participating airlines showcased their innovations at a two-day seminar with the goal of helping SkyTeam members become more sustainable. Last year, flights were evaluated against 14 categories by an independent judging panel led by former Dutch Prime Minister and environmental campaigner, Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende.


The Sustainability Flight Challenge Award Categories - Courtesy SkyTeam

Airlines participating in the first TSFC included, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Korean Air, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air. To learn more about The Sustainable Flight Challenge, please click here.


The Sustainable Flight Challenge 2023 - Courtesy SkyTeam


SkyTeam is committed to powering a seamless customer journey, with all members working together to connect millions of passengers across an extensive worldwide network. Current members include Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, and XiamenAir.



Source: SkyTeam

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