Air France has announced a new partnership with fuel efficiency solutions provider Open Airlines, as part of the carrier’s aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

The airline will use ‘Sky Breathe’ technology (developed in partnership with Air France KLM subsidiary Transavia France), which uses “Big Data Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning”, to analyse “billions of data records” from flights.

The results will then identify the most relevant saving opportunities and provide “a series of recommended actions that can reduce the total fuel consumption by up to 5 per cent”.

A number of other carrier’s including Norwegian, Malaysia Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Go Air and Atlas Air are already using the technology, which Open Airlines says saved its customers more than US$150 million and 590,000 tonnes of CO2 last year.

Commenting on the news Jean Fernandez, executive vice president for flight operations at Air France, said:

“Sustainability is a top priority at Air France, and one of our greatest opportunities to reduce aviation’s CO2 footprint, beyond the modernization of our fleet, is through implementing more efficient procedures – both on board and on the ground – to make our operations greener.

“We chose Sky Breathe because Open Airlines is an agile company with a long and solid experience in fuel savings. Thanks to Sky Breathe we will better understand our operations and improve our flight efficiency by taking advantage of accurate data. Our ambition is to be more competitive while reinforcing our leadership in environmental excellence.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought sustainability to the forefront of the aviation industry, with governments demanding environmental measures be taken in return for state bailouts.

In May it was reported that Air France had agreed to substantial changes to its domestic network in the interests of being more environmentally friendly.