Kenya Airways Joins SkyTeam airlines in inaugural Sustainable Flight Challenge (SFC)

Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways has participated in the inaugural SkyTeam Airline Alliance The Sustainable Flight Challenge (TSFC).

The challenge encourages airlines to participate in a friendly competition to develop and implement sustainable solutions.

It seeks to challenge the aviation industry by stimulating and accelerating innovation and change towards a more sustainable future.

The 16 SkyTeam member airlines that took part in the challenge had the opportunity to implement their most sustainable aviation solutions.

As part of the challenge, KQ operated a B787-800 Dreamliner for the long-haul flight between Nairobi to Amsterdam on May 14, 2022.

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The flight featured advanced technologies and highly efficient aircraft providing a better fuel efficiency of up to 20 percent compared to other long-haul aircraft.

“The aviation industry has a critical role in creating sustainable solutions in our operations as we have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint. The Sustainable Flight Challenge is an opportunity for our industry to make real change to sustainable aviation by harnessing competition to spur action and innovation,” said Allan Kilavuka, Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Kenya Airways”.

KQ’s participation will focus on environmental conservation and work closely with its partners, suppliers, and guests across the customer journey.

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Passengers on the flight had the opportunity to participate directly in offsetting the Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions related to their flight to Amsterdam through the voluntary Carbon offsetting tool.

The amount collected will support environmental sustainability initiatives projects that IATA has qualified.

“As we fly to a more sustainable future, red will be going green to demonstrate our commitment towards sustainable aviation metaphorically. It will also be a moment of reckoning on the gains made on our sustainability initiatives, key of which is the realignment of our policy towards sustainable business operations through a multi-faceted Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy,” Kilavuka added.

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Participating airlines were judged across 14 categories by a panel of international and diverse judges from sustainability and aviation sectors on how best to operate flights more sustainably. Winning airlines will be recognised at an award ceremony in June.

Wole Shadare