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To Reduce Carbon Emissions, FAA Announces Regulations for Upcoming Aircraft

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled a final rule aimed at curbing carbon emissions from most large aircraft operating within U.S. airspace. Set to take effect on January 1, 2028, the regulation mandates the integration of advanced fuel-saving technologies for newly manufactured aircraft, as well as for subsonic jets and large turboprop and propeller planes awaiting certification.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker hailed the initiative as a significant stride toward fostering the production of more fuel-efficient airplanes, thereby reducing carbon pollution and advancing the agency's objective of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This development underscores the pivotal role of artificial intelligence in revolutionising the aviation industry.

Affected by the new standards are a range of commercial aircraft, including the Boeing 777X, updated versions of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus A330neo, business jets like the Cessna Citation, and civilian turboprop planes such as the ATR 72 and Viking Air Limited Q400. Notably, the mandate excludes aircraft currently in service.

Civil aircraft of this category contribute to 9% of domestic transportation emissions and 2% of total U.S. carbon pollution. The FAA's action aligns with the U.S. Aviation Climate Action Plan, which seeks to attain net zero greenhouse gas emissions from the country's aviation sector by 2050.

Brookfield Aviation is pleased with this progressive move by the FAA, recognising its potential to drive sustainability in the aviation industry. As advocates for environmental responsibility and innovation, we support initiatives that promote cleaner and more efficient air travel, ensuring a greener future for all.

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