Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - April 13, 2023
Hawaiian Airlines Commits to Net-Zero Milestones
Hawaiian Airlines has committed to new milestones on its path to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The airline plans to achieve decarbonization through the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), fleet modernization and new aircraft technologies, best practices for fuel efficiency, and advocacy for an optimized air traffic control system.
The airline also made a series of key commitments. Specifically, it will lower life-cycle jet fuel emissions intensity per revenue ton-mile by 45%, from 2019 levels, by 2035; replace 10% of conventional jet fuel with SAF by 2030; improve fuel efficiency per available seat mile by 4%, from 2019, by 2028; and conserve 3 million gallons of jet fuel through operational initiatives by 2028.
In a statement, Peter Ingram, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, stated that sustainable practices are imperative to its business: “Becoming a net-zero carbon airline is a challenge, but as an airline serving the Pacific we recognize how critical it is that Hawaiian become a more sustainable company for our guests, employees and communities. We are excited about the progress we are making and these intermediate targets to which we are committing today.”
Hawaiian announced it will purchase 50 million gallons of SAF from Gevo, a biofuel company, with deliveries expected to begin in 2029. The airline also intends to purchase 12 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which will begin arriving later this year. This aircraft features advanced aerodynamics, modern engines, and a composite airframe contributing to an approximately 20% upgrade in fuel efficiency.
Partnering with manufacturers, Hawaiian is also exploring new, low-carbon technologies. As an equity investor in REGENT, it is considering using a battery-electric powered seaglider that could service the airline’s flight network between the Hawaiian Islands.