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  • Nat Frogley


Vietnam Airlines, the national carrier of Vietnam, has officially joined the CO2 Connect project, developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), to measure CO2 emissions.

Vietnam Airlines signed a cooperation agreement to participate in CO2 Connect during the IATA AGM in Dubai, making it the first Vietnamese airline to join this project. Under the agreement, Vietnam Airlines will contribute operational data to IATA’s CO2 Connect emissions calculator to calculate CO2 emissions per passenger for each route and aircraft type. 


Reducing CO2 emissions and promoting sustainable development are top priorities for the global aviation industry. However, the measurement and reporting of CO2 emissions have been inconsistent due to the various methodologies used by different airlines.


To address this, IATA developed the CO2 Connect project to create a common platform for airlines to provide consistent calculation of CO2 emissions, and assist airlines and passengers in making environmentally informed choices. The project uses the standard industry RP-1726 methodology, known for its accuracy and compatibility with most industry standards.


Several other major airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Qatar Airways, have also joined the project.


By participating in CO2 Connect, Vietnam Airlines underscores its commitment to sustainable development, contributing to the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, as pledged by Vietnam at the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).


On 27 May, Vietnam Airlines also became the first airline in Vietnam to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for a commercial flight. The airline plans to collaborate with Con Dao to implement the “sustainable flight route” project, including environmental protection activities and reducing plastic waste to preserve landscapes and habitats. 


About Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines, a member of Skyteam Alliance, is the flag carrier of Vietnam, connecting the world’s most thriving destinations, domestically , regionally and globally, operating 100 routes to 21 domestic and 29 international destinations. Vietnam Airlines boasts one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia, highlighted by their Boeing 787-9, 787-10 Dreamliners, Airbus A350-900 XWBs and Airbus A321neo.

Vietnam Airlines ( is the only airline operating nonstop services between London Heathrow to both Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City. Flights are operated by the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class cabins offering impeccable levels of comfort and service throughout every journey. 

The airline takes great pride enhancing connectivity between the UK, European and Vietnamese markets, boosting the commercial ties and economic recovery post pandemic. In 2019, the UK was ranked as Vietnam Airlines’ top 10 largest source of international visitors to Vietnam. 

The carrier is recognised as one of the region’s finest airlines thanks to its modern fleet and its commitment towards innovation and development — earning it international acclaim as validated by numerous prestigious awards such as 4-Star Airline Rating and World's Top 100 Airlines by Skytrax - the international air transport rating organisation; Asia's Leading Airline Brand, Asia's Leading Airline - Economy Class/Premium Economy Class and World's Leading Cultural Airline by World Travel Awards. These achievements stand as a testament to the airline’s quality across a range of products and services.

Vietnam Airlines has spearheaded Vietnam’s aviation market – one of the fastest-growing domestic markets in the world – throughout 30 years of development. Fuelled by a vibrant domestic market and rapidly growing international traffic, Vietnam Airlines is well on the way to establishing itself as major force in Asia.


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Dara Soeharto (, Leanne Barton (, Nat Frogley ( or Flora Gandolfo ( at Frog & Wolf PR. 

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