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Lufthansa, Southwest named green aviation leaders

Lufthansa and Southwest Airlines have been named among the greenest names in aviation.

The airlines both picked up gongs from Air Transport World‘s magazine’s first eco-aviation awards, designed to honor companies which are trying to reduce the environmental impact of the flights that we take.

German airline Lufthansa took a gold award for its program to reduce fuel and emissions by modernizing its fleet and the burnFAIR project, which saw it launch biofuel flights in routine service from 2011.

Southwest Airlines, the American low-cost carrier, was a surprise winner of an eco-pioneer award thanks to its focus on efficiency.

According to ATW, that focus on efficiency to trim costs allowed it to be “an eco-pioneer long before the industry recognized environmentally sound business practices.”

The eco-airport award went to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, thanks to its adoption of technology to reduce emissions — last year, it used some 87 million kilowatt-hours of electricity created from renewable wind energy.

Airlines are increasingly paying attention to their carbon footprint, not least because it’s becoming an issue for passengers too.

Last month, a survey conducted in the US by travel review giant TripAdvisor suggested that 71 percent of travelers plan to make ‘eco-friendly’ choices when it comes to travel, with half admitting that they would shell out more money for a greener experience.

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