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Together for sustainable aviation

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How it all started

It all began in 2018 after SkyBreathe® eco-flying solution developed by OpenAirlines was labeled « Solar Impulse Efficient Solution ». Created by Bertrand Piccard, this label awards solutions that meet high standards of sustainability and profitability. The Green Pilot project emerged from a meeting between the two visionary innovators Bertrand Piccard and Alexandre Feray. The objective behind the project was to federate airlines around a common goal to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable aviation through an eco-flying movement.

Dr Bertrand Piccard, doctor, psychiatrist

Meet Bertrand Piccard

Godfather of Green Pilot.

Dr Bertrand Piccard, doctor, psychiatrist and aviator first person to fly non-stop round the world in a balloon, Initiator and pilot of Solar Impulse, President of the Winds of Hope humanitarian foundation and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Pioneer of hang gliding in Europe. 
Bertrand Piccard is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Since he launched the first flight around the world in a solar airplane, his ambition has been to leverage a pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies and clean technologies. This is why he conceived the Solar Impulse project as a platform to raise public awareness and encourage political actions in favour of clean technologies and energy efficiency. Bertrand has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

Founder and CEO – OpenAirlines

Meet Alexandre Feray

Alexandre Feray has 25 years of experience in the software and airline industry, not including his teen years when he invented a programming language that was awarded and commercialized by Apple.

Based on the observation that every year nearly 660 million tons of CO2 are emitted by airplanes in the world – representing 20 000 kg of CO2 per second, he decided to act by developing innovative solutions to help airlines reduce their costs and environmental impact. Drawing on 8 years of R&D, SkyBreathe® eco-flying software comes out on the market in 2013. Rewarded with numerous prizes, SkyBreathe® is today the most widely used eco-flying solution in the world. Its active community federates more than 44 airlines across the planet, including Air France, Transavia, Malaysia Airlines, Norwegian, Cebu Pacific, flydubai, and Atlas Air.