Delta has been recognized for its sustainability efforts with two industry awards citing the airline's push for a more fuel-efficient fleet and work to develop alternative fuel sources as driving forces.
Delta recently received both the Green Partner in Travel Award from the American Society of Travel Advisors as well as the North American Environmental Sustainability Airline/Airline Group of the Year award from the Centre of Aviation.
The Green Partner in Travel Award focuses on the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – and is voted on by the entirety of the ASTA board, which is made up of leaders from the travel industry around the U.S.
The North American Environmental Sustainability Airline/Airline Group of the Year award was presented to Delta Nov. 3 at CAPA's annual Environmental Sustainability Awards for Excellence in Singapore. This award is determined through data-driven assessment of the sustainability performance of the world's airlines.
"Decarbonizing the airline industry will take all of us doing more than our part by taking measurable short-, medium-, and long-term actions, partnering to share knowledge and making sustainability a key consideration across every business decision," said Pam Fletcher, Delta's Chief Sustainability Officer. "Data-backed innovation and goals are at the center of our approach to leading the way on behalf of our employees, customers and communities."
Both organizations cited Delta's initiatives to make its fleet 25% more fuel efficient while moving toward alternative fuel sources as one of many driving forces behind the awards.
In 2022 alone, Delta has made great strides in innovating toward a more sustainable future, including partnering with SAF producer Gevo and collaborating with Airbus to accelerate the development of a hydrogen-powered aircraft.
More recently, Delta announced its plan to add the state-of the-art Boeing 737-10 to its fleet as well as expand its Airbus A220 fleet, a move that allows the airline to continue refreshing its fleet to elevate the in-flight customer experience while improving fuel efficiency.