Delta Air Lines, Inc.
CEO: Richard H. Anderson; Revenues: $36.67 billion (2012); Employees: 73,561 (2012)
Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. It operates from airport hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. It also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for other aviation and airline customers, as well as offers staffing services, professional security and training services, and aviation solutions; vacation packages; and aircraft charters. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 317 destinations in 58 countries. As of December 2012, it operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The company was founded in 1924 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Climate and Energy Targets
- Delta has successfully verified its greenhouse gas emissions inventories from 2005 through 2011. Its 2012 GHG inventory is currently being verified.
- Since 2005, Delta has decreased its annual emissions by 8.5 million metric tons, an 18% decrease over seven years.
- Delta has established an internal 2013 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions below its 2012 levels.
- Delta and its industry partners have called for a global sectoral approach to address aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Delta and the industry have made the following commitments to reduce commercial aviation CO2 emissions over the next 40 years. The major industry trade associations, IATA and A4A, have endorsed these reduction goals:
- Improve fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5 percent per year to 2020: Delta has exceeded this goal through 2012, achieving an average annual 1.7% fuel efficiency improvement since 2009
- Stabilize emissions with carbon neutral growth from 2020
- Reduce net emissions by 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005
Did You Know?
In 2012, Delta consumed 3.8 billion gallons of fuel, an average of 120 gallons per second. In addition to replacing older aircraft with planes that have lower emissions per seat, Delta aggressively pursued and tracked the impact from almost two dozen fuel savings initiatives. Two examples are:
- FLIGHT PLANNING:
Initiatives to improve flight planning and flight routes provide the greatest impact in helping Delta reduce its fuel consumption. Delta launched a program in 2012 to use lower average weights for children in the flight planning process. More accurate accounting for child weights means less fuel needs to be boarded and carried, saving Delta $3.1 million, exceeding the projected savings of $3 million. In total, flight planning programs saved Delta more than $30 million and accounted for nearly half of the 19.2 million gallons saved across 19 fuels savings initiatives. Fuel savings in gallons: 9,224,000; emissions reduction in tonnes CO2e: 90,873.
The installation of winglets on 14 additional aircraft during 2012 resulted in more than 3.8 million gallons in fuel savings. Currently, 400 Delta mainline aircraft have drag-reducing wingtip devices. Fuel savings in gallons: 3,848,000; Emissions reduction in tonnes CO2e: 37,910.
Also, Delta’s carbon offset program allows customers to purchase and retire carbon offsets on delta.com to reduce the carbon dioxide associated with their travel. Retired offsets are tracked on Markit Environmental Registry. Over the past five years, Delta has offered carbon offsets to its customers in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. As the first airline to offer these offsets, Delta and its customers have supported forest conservation and reforestation projects. In 2012, Delta customers contributed nearly $60,000 towards the Rio Bravo project site in Northern Belize, not including Delta’s matching Earth Day contributions amounting to more than $12,000, offsetting more than 4,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Climate and Sustainability Rankings & Recognition
- Dow Jones North American Sustainability Index (2011, 2012)
- Southeast Corporate Sustainability Rankings (2010 – 2nd quartile, 2011 – 26th, 2012 – 15th)
- Emerald Award for Ground Support Equipment Recycling Program (Broward County, 2011)
- Ranked highest among airlines for in-flight recycling by GreenAmerica
- Named as having one of the best corporate sustainability reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers (2011)
- Ranked best airline for its commitment to fighting global climate change by Climate Counts (2011)
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