Like all industries, the aviation industry is seeking ways to reduce emissions and move towards environmental sustainability.  But what does sustainability mean? Politicians, environmental groups and aviation companies all desire it, but opinions vary on how to best achieve it. However, new concepts and initiatives are emerging as part of the ongoing environmental discussion. It is very likely that when you charter a private plane in the future, it may be part of the following three sustainability efforts.

Alternate Propulsion

For decades, aviation companies have been seeking sustainable jet fuel alternatives. But only recently have those efforts become viable. The first is bio-fuel, a sustainable aircraft fuel made from waste industrial gasses. Corporate leaders such as Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airlines are supporting the development of new fuel mixtures. In 2018, Virgin completed the first trans-Atlantic flight fueled entirely by biofuels. Travelers can’t charter a private plane powered by biofuels yet, but the technology has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 60%.

Another sustainable propulsion initiative is electrical-powered flight. Until recently, batteries were too heavy and too weak to effectively propel an aircraft. Fortunately, recent innovations have made short-haul electrical flights possible. In December 2019, Canadian airline Harbour Air successfully flew an all-electric DHC2 Beaver seaplane in a demonstration for the media. Harbour is hoping to convert its entire seaplane fleet to electric engines within the decade.

Carbon Offsets

In addition to technological breakthroughs, there are forward-thinking initiatives to address aircraft emissions. One is CORSIA, (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.) Under the leadership of the UN’s Civil Aviation Organization, CORSIA is a broad plan being implemented over the next 20 years. The plan will offset aircraft carbon emissions by using non-petroleum jet fuels and by planting trees. Almost 85% of international aviation organizations have agreed to participate.

Stratos Jet Charter Initiatives

At Stratos Jet Charters, we are also striving to reduce fuel usage. When you charter a private plane with us, we will find the most efficient aircraft for your specific trip. If the aircraft is too large, it wastes fuel, and similarly, if it is too small, you will need to make several uneconomical refueling hops.  We also avoid flying empty planes. We maximize fuel use by offering Empty Leg Flight discounts for some flights. If your group has a flexible itinerary, and one of our charter aircraft needs to fly to your destination anyway, it’s practical to offer a discount. Effectively, we can reduce the number of empty aircraft consuming fuel. 

For the most discerning travelers, we also offer the option to purchase carbon credits through our  Eco-jet Charter Program. These carbon credits are then put towards planet-repairing initiatives through our partner TerraPass. The ability to offset the carbon emissions produced by their charters is a popular option among some of our clients looking for a greener, more sustainable method of transportation.

There is a growing international commitment to improving air travel sustainability. Exciting technologies are on the horizon. But don’t wait for the perfect technology – you may miss some amazing travel opportunities right now. Charter a private plane to experience the most efficient air travel currently available.

For an extraordinary private luxury charter flight anywhere in the world, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.