easyJet has today become the first airline to outline the environmental requirements that must be met by the next generation of short-haul super-clean aircraft; and unveiled its design of what such an aircraft could look like for operation by 2015. Dubbed the â€œeasyJet ecoJetâ€, the aircraft would need to be 25% quieter and would emit 50% less CO2 and 75% less NOx than todayâ€™s newest aircraft (the 737 and A320 families of aircraft).
The aircraft will incorporate the latest research by airframe and engine manufacturers around the world â€“ all of which can be incorporated into an aircraft that should be in operation by 2015. The projection for the 50% CO2 reduction is based on the findings from the latest research by the industry leaders and will come from the engines (25%), the lightweight airframe (15%) and from improvements to air traffic control technology and design (10%).
In easyJetâ€™s current configuration and operation, the projection for the eco-liner would generate less than 47g of CO2 per passenger km. For comparison, easyJetâ€™s current operations generate 97.5g of CO2 per passenger km, the Toyota Prius emits 104g of CO2 per kilometre; and the European car industry has recently been given a target to achieve 130g of CO2 per kilometre.