(PRWeb UK) June 9, 2010
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland has confirmed that it is the first charter airline to make environmental information about each of its 44 aircraft openly available to passengers, by displaying environmental labels on all aircraft doors. The eye-catching labels are easily recognisable as they follow a similar format to household goods European Energy Labels. They provide clear and accurate information to enable passengers to calculate the carbon footprint of their journey and the aircraft’s environmental performance.
Information is broken down into three easy-to-understand areas:
Journey Environment – indicates the environmental effect of the whole journey through carbon dioxide emissions and aircraft fuel consumption, both per seat occupied and for the total aircraft. Using a simple efficiency rating scale that ranges from A (less CO2 emissions), to F (more CO2 emissions), passengers can see, at a glance, the efficiency of the aircraft that they are boarding.
Local Environment – highlights the carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions and the noise rating on take off and landing, which indicates the effect the aircraft has on the environment around the airport.
Passenger Environment – details the minimum leg room and the total number of seats on the aircraft.
Aircraft types were taken into consideration when calculating the information and journey lengths were selected at 1,500km, 3,000km and 5,000km to represent typical Thomas Cook Airlines flight patterns.
Frank Pullman, Managing Director at Thomas Cook Airlines said: “It has been a key aim for Thomas Cook Airlines to label clearly all of our aircraft, so that passengers have easy access to environmental information without having to ask for it. The good news is that with an average 95% of our seats being occupied on each of our aircraft, this means that our emissions per passenger are lower when compared to other airlines.”
More information about the Thomas Cook Airlines environmental labels can be found at http://sustainability2009.thomascookgroup.com
About Thomas Cook UK & Ireland:
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is the second largest leisure travel group in the UK with around 19,000 employees. The company has a network of more than 800 high street stores, leading holiday websites, and some of the world's favourite holiday brands. Thomascook.com has flight deals to short haul destinations in Europe such as the Canaries, Turkey, Spain and even long haul flights to Dubai and Australia.
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is part of Thomas Cook Group plc. For more information please visit http://www.thomascook.com.