History is scheduled to take place in November as Japan Airlines anticipate its first Sustainable Charter Flight, becoming Japan’s first net-zero carbon emission flight. The flight will take off from Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and journey to Okinawa’s Naha Airport.

Japan Airlines aircraft sits on runway.
Japan Airlines is set to make history in November with a Sustainable Charter Flight | © David via Aeroprints/ Flickr

Japan’s First Net-Zero Flight to be Conducted by Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines, commonly referred to as The JAL Group, holds accolades such as Most Punctual Major International Airline and has one of the largest mileage programs in Asia (JAL Mileage Bank). However, the company now anticipates a new accolade that could, in theory, top all of the ones it has received up until now.

On November 18th, The JAL Group will operate a one-way flight using its Airbus A350-900 in its first fully sustainable charter flight – the first one to ever be flown in Japan. The A350 is regarded as the airline’s most eco-friendly aircraft, with composite materials used in its exterior and interior. In comparison to commercial aircraft, the A350 emits 15% less CO2 during flight. This factor, combined with the use of sustainable air fuel (SAF) and JAL’s Carbon offset, is how the airline prepares itself to become the operator of Japan’s first net-zero flight.

Skyline view of Tokyo's Haneda International Airport where Japan's first net-zero flight will take off from.
The flight will take off from Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport in November | © Masahiro Takagi

The plans for this flight fall in line with the airline’s commitment to sustainable air travel, as they strive for net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 on all their flights. According to the JAL Vision 2030, the company is determined to reduce its annual CO2 emissions to below 9.09 million tonnes by 2025 and then reduce output by a further 0.91 million tonnes by 2030.

You can view The JAL Group’s Vision 2030 here.

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