airBaltic launches new green flying initiative

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Latvia's national airline, airBaltic, on Monday announced a new initiative designed to give its operations a green tinge that extends beyond its bright-green livery.

The new initiative is titled “E-GEN” and sets out to reduce emissions and costs.

Unveiling the scheme, airBaltic's Pauls Cālītis said: “airBaltic was the first airline in Europe to start green flying for turboprop aircraft four years ago, when we introduced satellite-based approach procedures at Riga Airport for our Bombardier Q400 Next Gen. Now we want build on that experience and introduce the latest technological achievements in our green flying under the E-GEN project, and this will further cut emissions and costs, especially when our brand new BombardierCS300 jets enter service later this year."

It is hoped the initiative could result in 20% less fuel consumption while reducing carbon dioxide and nitorgen oxide emissions by 20% and 50% respectively. 

The “E-GEN” project is co-sponsored by the European GNSS Agency and will enable the entire airBaltic fleet to use satellite-guided approaches. 

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