Norwegian ranked most efficient transatlantic airline

The use of eco-friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliners allows the low-cost carrier to burn less fuel

Norwegian is the most fuel-efficient carrier operating long-haul flights across the Atlantic Ocean. According to a new study published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the Scandinavia-based airline profits from its use of new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Boeing 787 Dreamliners have helped Norwegian to decrease the spend in fuel — Petr Podrouzek / Shutterstock Norwegian most efficient transatlantic airline
Boeing 787 Dreamliners have helped Norwegian to decrease the spend in fuel – Petr Podrouzek / Shutterstock

The findings suggest that Norwegian is able to fly 44 passenger kilometres per litre on average. This is 33 per cent higher than the industry average, making Norwegian the most fuel-efficient carrier out of the competition.

The carrier has managed to reduce its fuel emissions by 30 per cent since 2008 by upgrading its fleet. This was mainly by launching the operation of Boeing 787 Dreamliners that are more fuel efficient by design.

“The most important thing that an airline can do for the environment is to invest in newer aircraft which use the latest technology to be as fuel efficient as possible,” said Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian.

“Our strategy to have a modern fleet is paying dividends not only for our business and customers but also our planet. This recognition from ICCT is truly the highest form of industry praise and is validation that we’re moving in the right direction with more environmentally friendly planes. For customers, this offers yet another reason to fly with us, to help reduce their carbon footprint.”

The least efficient carrier on the transatlantic routes is British Airways. The carrier burns 63 per cent more fuel per passenger than Norwegian.

ICCT – a non-profit organisation that aims to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators – evaluated 20 leading carriers operating on routes between Europe and the United States over 2017.

The mission of ICCT is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation. They seek to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.

“One of the biggest changes in the transatlantic market between 2014 and 2017 was an increase in operations from European low-cost carriers and the further utilization of newer, fuel-efficient aircraft,” said the ICCT’s Brandon Graver, the lead author of the study.