While different countries are fighting over how to reduce carbon emissions from airplanes, especially after the European Union sought to charge airlines for their emissions when flying in and out of its airspace, I have comfortably found a better and greener way to fly.
I was flying a Boeing 737 for the first time in my life – I took off from the old Kai Tak International Airport and landed in the new Chek Lap Kok International Airport in Hong Kong last month. The whole flight was beautifully done with nearly zero emission.
It’s quite impossible unless you do what I did. I was in a simulator modeled on the Boeing 737-800, owned and run by Flight Experience in Hong Kong. For those who are in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Kuwait, and France, you’ll find one there too.
It is said that for every 1 kilogram of jet fuel burnt, approximately 3.15 kilograms of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. This is quite an alarming figure, and not to mention the amount of disposables used and trash generated by airlines during the flight. The amount of emission can be quite large if it’s a long-haul flight with strong winds and heavy loads of passengers and cargo on the aircraft. The distance flown, velocity of the wind, number of passengers, and amount of cargo all affect the total volume of fuel consumed.
This is as close as you can get to flying a Boeing aircraft while being safe and green. Thank you Red Packet for the invitation for this flight experience.