No frills airline EasyJet has unveiled its vision of a new ‘greener’ aircraft which it says would help it slash emissions in half by 2015.
Dubbed the ‘EasyJet EcoJet’, the airline said the aircraft would incorporate the latest technology to allow it to generate less than 47g of CO2 per passenger km.
That would work out at less than half of the CO2 EasyJet’s current planes generate.
EasyJet says the prototype planes would contain a number of key features to make them radically more environmentally efficient, including ‘open rotor’ engines mounted at the back.
It added that the planes could be in service by 2015 if the industry starts research and technology programs now.
EasyJet Chief Executive, Andy Harrison, said: ‘The aviation industry has an excellent record in reducing the environmental footprint of aircraft. Today’s aircraft are typically 70 per cent cleaner and 75 per cent quieter than their 1960s counterparts. Now we are planning the next generation that will help towards taking the plane out of the emissions equation.’
He added: ‘The ‘EasyJet EcoJet’ is realistic and it is achievable. If the ‘EasyJet EcoJet’ were to be made available today we would order hundreds of them for fleet replacement and to achieve the ‘green growth’ that our industry has committed to.’