May 21 is a rather remarkable date for us in the aviation field. It marks the 89th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Pretty amazing, right?
Lindbergh flew for 33 straight hours on his own, sometimes flying only ten feet above the ocean. He landed in Paris to a crowd cheering for his accomplishment. From that moment on, aviation and the way humans travel changed forever.
Nearly 90 years later, we’re still seeing marked changes in aviation. Air travel will increase as the middle class grows and people move further from their homes for work and opportunity. In fact, the number of commercial airplanes in service is expected to double by 2030. This growth is necessary to meet demand, but it’s also necessary for this growth to be sustainable.
That’s our focus at UTC. We’ve reinvented aviation with the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan Engine, a jet engine that is 16 percent more fuel efficient than prior jet engines. There’s no better example of an efficient jet engine in its class.
The GTF will allow airlines to avoid 160 million tons of CO2 emissions through 2025 and cut carbon emissions by 3,600-plus metric tons, equal to planting nearly one million trees or taking three million cars off the road each year.
Greening the skies will take more than just products. We’ll need green manufacturing facilities to help build these revolutionary jet engines. We’ll also need green technologies to continue to reduce emissions and energy use.
We take stock of what Charles Lindbergh began – the air travel of today. Now, we must continue to take the initiative to grow air travel sustainably. Green aviation starts here.