Swiss Green Fares – have not been a success so far

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  • AMcWhirter

    A few months ago Lufthansa Group members launched Green Fares.

    At the time I started a Forum thread for Lufthansa and I highlighted their drawbacks.

    At the time ‘Lugano Pirate’ branded these fares as “hypocritcal.”

    He commented, “You can can call it green, yellow or whatever, but it does not mask the fact that aircraft pollute.”

    Today it appears that Swiss’ customers have recognised the greenwash.

    A report in Germany’s says that only three passengers in 100 have bought a Green Fare.

    However that figure applies to all booking channels.

    A Swiss spokesperson says that just one in 100 who booked via the Swiss website chose the Green Fare.

    The reason is because customers usually pay more for a Green Fare in the knowledge they are helping the environment. Green Fares can be changed but cannot be refunded.

    Swiss says the higher fare means the passenger “sees a reduction in C02 emissions by co-finanancing the use of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel.”


    One assumes this option is mainly to give corporates the choice to carbon offset, an increasing number have ESG mandates, and UBS, for example, has internal targets to meet specifically towards these goals, which Swiss is likely trying to accommodate. I agree there is a lipstick-on-a-pig vibe towards many ESG projects, but I think over time, and if better explained and perhaps rebranded, the option does make sense.


    I agreed with LP
    Seems unwanted and not worth the trouble…. it will just fade away.

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