Jeju Air cuts carbon emissions by replacing aircraft brakes

This photo provided by Jeju Air Co. shows workers using a pressure wand to clean the engine fan blades.

SEOUL, April 29 (Korea Bizwire)Jeju Air Co. has taken a series of measures to reduce carbon emissions, including replacing aircraft brakes to reduce aircraft weight and washing aircraft engines.

South Korea’s largest low-cost carrier said Thursday it has replaced steel brakes on 24 planes, including four in 2019, five in 2020, 12 in 2021 and three in 2022, with lightweight carbon fiber brakes.

Compared to steel brakes, carbon brakes offer a weight saving of around 320 kilograms per plane.

For a one-way flight on the Gimpo-Jeju route, carbon brakes can help reduce fuel weight by 11.52 kilograms, reducing carbon emissions by 36.4 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

Through the operation of 21 aircraft equipped with new carbon brakes, Jeju Air was able to reduce its fuel consumption by about 160 tons last year.

The company also reduced its carbon emissions by 505 tons of CO2 last year and about 154 tons of CO2 in the first quarter of this year. Another engine replacement is planned for another aircraft this year.

In addition, Jeju Air also saves fuel by washing aircraft engines.

It washes the engines of its aircraft twice a year, with the aim of removing foreign matter from the engines and improving flight efficiency.

Kevin Lee ([email protected])

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