August 26, 2019

Transavia starts collaboration with students and alumni UvA and TU Delft for sustainability innovations

Transavia has started a cooperation with Bit ( to build on technical innovations that contribute to making flying more sustainable. Bit is a research organization at Amsterdam Science Park where the 50 best technical talents develop prototypes of hardware, software and artificial intelligence for leading companies. Mattijs ten Brink, Transavia CEO: “We have the ambition to reduce our footprint, CO2 emissions. We want to accelerate in a number of areas and have brought in the expertise of these top talents. ”

Transavia invests in sustainability in various areas. Mattijs ten Brink: “We are reducing CO2 emissions by investing in fleet renewal, more efficient flying, engine washes, Split Scimitar Winglets and cooperation in making fuel more sustainable, such as the initiative at Rotterdam The Hague Airport with sustainable CO2 kerosene. In addition, we have activities on the ground such as the use of solar panels, the use of green energy and gray water and the use of electric vehicles. There are also ongoing projects to reduce waste on board. We seek cooperation in all areas with partners such as these with these UvA and TU Delft alumni who are among the best in their group. They can investigate innovations in a targeted way and help us fly more efficiently with the help of artificial intelligence, for example.

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Marco van der Werf, co-founder of Bit: “Bit specializes in developing projects with the very latest research topics such as artificial intelligence, internet of things and Smart Robots. They are now using this knowledge to investigate, for example, how the exact weight of the device can be measured in real-time with the load. After all, when passengers know the exact weight of the aircraft, they can fly very efficiently. “

Vincent Damen, Bit “We are very curious about the results of the experiment and hope that together with Transavia we will take another step towards reducing CO2 emissions ”


Peter Smit, Head of Flight Service: “One of the elements that is now being looked at is whether the actual weight of aircraft and passengers can be determined on the basis of progressive techniques such as Deep Learning combined with infrared. With this data our pilots can calculate exactly which flight height and speed are the most optimal for a flight that is carried out as sustainably as possible. This saves fuel and therefore CO2 emissions. ”The experiments carried out by the Biters are carried out at Eindhoven Airport where all cooperation is provided for conducting the investigations.

The Biters are also working on the project with great enthusiasm. Vincent Damen, Bit’er and UvA alumnus: “Great to get this great opportunity to contribute to making flying sustainable. We are very curious about the results of the experiment and hope that together with Transavia we will take another step towards reducing CO2 emissions. ”

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