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IATA supports emissions free flight

20 February 2008

IATA has formed a partnership with Solar Impulse – an organization that is building a prototype airplane propelled only by solar energy that will fly around the world with no fuel and zero emissions.

The first test flights will take place in early 2009. In 2011, Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and President of Solar Impulse and André Borschberg, CEO, will fly around the world with five stop-overs. IATA will help make this dream a reality by providing support including assistance in obtaining air traffic control clearance.

Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of IATA said, “Solar Impulse and IATA share a vision. We are natural partners. We are both looking towards a zero carbon emission future for air travel. Solar power is one of the building blocks that will make this happen. The Solar Impulse initiative is proof that with vision anything is possible – even carbon free flight.”

“Our future freedom relies on us converting to renewable energy sources as soon as possible. In this sense, the vision set by IATA to eliminate all polluting emissions within the next 50 years is admirable,” explained Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and President of Solar Impulse.

More information on IATA environment activities

Solar Impulse site