Virgin America First carrier to offer Carbon Offsets In-Flight

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Virgin America First Domestic Carrier to Offer Carbon Offsets In-Flight

  • Tuesday January 20, 2009, 3:49 pm EST
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of a continuing effort to implement innovative sustainability practices, Virgin America is giving guests the opportunity to offset their travel during flight -- via the airline's touch-screen seatback inflight entertainment system, Red. In Dec. 2008, the airline announced its partnership with Carbonfund.org, the nation's leading nonprofit carbon offset provider, to allow guests to offset their flight at the time of booking through the Virgin America ticket purchase confirmation web page.


The latest announcement makes Virgin America the first domestic airline to allow guests to offset the environmental impact of their flight while flying. As of today, the carrier's Red system will allow guests the option to offset their travel from their seatback -- via a credit card swipe and touch-screen at every seat.
Virgin America's investment in new aircraft and consistent use of operational practices on the ground and in the air, make it one of the most carbon efficient airlines in the U.S. Virgin America worked with Carbonfund.org to select offset projects that focus on U.S. based carbon emissions reductions. As with all projects supported by Carbonfund.org, the projects are independently validated and verified. For more details on the Virgin America offset program and its selected projects, visit: http://www.carbonfund.org/virginamerica.
Virgin America launched in 2007 with the goal of building an airline from the ground up that makes environmentally-sustainable practices a core part of its business model. Virgin America operates a fleet that is up to 25% more carbon and fuel efficient than others flying domestically. From its launch, the airline has employed progressive practices to reduce its carbon footprint such as single engine taxiing, idle reverse landings, maximizing use of efficient airport ground power, utilizing advanced GPS avionics to fly more efficiently, and cost index flying -- the practice of regulating cruising speeds to reduce fuel burn. Virgin America is a member of Ceres, a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and public interest organizations that works with companies to address sustainability challenges. In 2008, the carrier became the first commercial passenger airline to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program. (http://www.virginamerica.com/va/press/2008/Oct/Virgin_America_Joins_EPA_Climate_Program.html) Virgin America is proud to be affiliated with the Virgin Group, which has committed to reinvesting all profits from Virgin-transport related businesses to renewable fuels research and other initiatives that combat climate change. Virgin America's sustainability principles can be found at: http://www.virginamerica.com/va/html/sustainability.pdf
 

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How about they get some real pilot uniforms instead of bartender uniforms.

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>From its launch, the airline has employed progressive practices to reduce its carbon footprint such as single engine taxiing, idle reverse landings, maximizing use of efficient airport ground power, utilizing advanced GPS avionics to fly more efficiently, and cost index flying -- the practice of regulating cruising speeds to reduce fuel burn<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


Isn't that what all of us are doing anyway? lame....
 

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From its launch, the airline has employed progressive practices to reduce its carbon footprint such as single engine taxiing, idle reverse landings, maximizing use of efficient airport ground power, utilizing advanced GPS avionics to fly more efficiently, and cost index flying -- the practice of regulating cruising speeds to reduce fuel burn.

Isn't that what all of us are doing anyway? lame....
Hmm, I heard they were getting B727's. :D
 

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Now brain dead liberals can travel with peace of mind. That's how Al Gore does it.
 

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JetBlue has been offering this for some time now. I have no doubt so do other airlines. How is VA the first again?
 

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Does the money go towards footing the electric bill for Al Gores mansion?
 

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Let's see. A mega-rich guy (Branson) starts up a new airline burning millions of extra pounds of fuel in the atmosphere, while paying his employees peanuts, wants his customers to buy phony "carbon credits."

You'd have to be some kind of idiot incapable of critical thinking to fall for this considering that Richard Branson's personal "carbon footprint" is probably the same size as a medium size city.
 

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How does this work, do they staple 100 dollar bills on trees?
 

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How does this work, do they staple 100 dollar bills on trees?
Here's my carbon offset program: I get paid to fly a trip and I lift a cheek and offset some carbon several times during the flight. To spare my fellow crewmembers a crop dusting trip down the aisle is best!
 
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