Delta Launches Lab for Sustainable Travel - Diversified Communications

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  January 17, 2023

Delta Launches Lab for Sustainable Travel

Delta Air Lines is launching an airline innovation lab, Delta Sustainable Skies Lab, to accelerate research, design and testing for more sustainable air travel to reach the company’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

Pam Fletcher, Delta’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said that The Lab will lead the industry by going beyond financial investments and will provide an opportunity for disruptors hoping to test and launch their ideas.

 “Delta Sustainable Skies Lab is about pairing the operational expertise of our teams with innovators to inspire new ideas and spur industry advancement – it’s a place to showcase advancements and a movement to galvanize everyone with a stake in creating the more sustainable future of flight,” she said in a statement.

The lab will support Delta’s 2050 sustainability goals of optimizing flying operations and partnering to accelerate clean fuel availability and revolutionary aircraft.

The new lab will connect, align and showcase sustainability-driven work from Delta people in Flight Operations, Technical Operations, Inflight Services, Operations & Customer Center and Fleet. 

The airline’s operational improvements and efficiencies resulted in over 10 million gallons in fuel savings in 2022 alone.

The Lab will continue its partnerships with newcomers joining previously announced sustainability partners such as  Airbus and Joby Aviation, and include research collaborations like the one Delta has established with MIT.

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