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August 3, 2010

“No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris.” – Orville Wright

I guess Lindbergh never heard that one. Or, then again, maybe he did. To be fair, Orville and Wilbur Wright were at the very beginnings of aviation, as we know – they were striding in the early stages of flight. But, it reminded me of a statement back in November 2008, where I said you have to walk before you can fly. That was written in the early stages of our citizenship reporting.

In that first 2008 Citizenship Report, we became the first U.S. based transportation logistics company to set a global aviation carbon dioxide reduction goal  – 20% reduction in lbs/available-ton-mile (ATM) by 2020 from a 2005 baseline year.
In our 2009 Global Citizenship Report, we announced that, through calendar year 2008, we had achieved an 8.3% reduction in lbs/ATM from the 2005 baseline.

We’ve now updated our numbers through calendar year 2009, with very positive results. Through calendar year 2009, we have achieved a reduction of 12.9% from the 2005 baseline, as detailed here:

2005       1.55 lbs/ATM     Baseline
2006       1.51 lbs/ATM     2.6% better than 2005
2007       1.45 lbs/ATM     6.4% better than 2005  
2008       1.42 lbs/ATM     8.3% better than 2005
2009       1.35 lbs/ATM     12.9% better than 2005

These reductions are being accomplished through the very hard work of our technical and operational team members. It is being achieved through aircraft replacements, adding new, efficient aircraft like the Boeing 777F, along with operational improvements. And, we’re confident in our ability to achieve our goal, given our results to date, and our ongoing plans over the next few years.

This is a great team, who are knowledgeable and skillful in what they are doing.

So, I had some fun with Orville Wright’s quote above. Let me be fair and include a quote from his brother  – one that was definitely correct:

“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” – Wilbur Wright

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