JAL Highlights Air-Observation Jet with Special [CONTRAIL Project] Logo

TOKYO. JAPAN, July 24, 2012 -- Japan Airlines (JAL) has painted the logo of a unique environmental initiative called CONTRAIL Project, on one of the four 777-200ERs in its fleet installed with equipment for measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs).


Since 1993, JAL has fitted this Automatic Air Sampling equipment (ASE) that was jointly-developed by its engineers, in its passenger aircraft to collect data for the better understanding of the latitudinal distribution of GHGs in the upper troposphere. In 2005, JAL, JAL Foundation, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan's Meteorological Research Institute, and JAMCO Corporation together developed a new ASE and Continuous CO2 Measuring Equipment (CME) and established the CONTRAIL Project, which stands for Comprehensive Observation Network for Trace gases by an Airliner. http://www.cger.nies.go.jp/contrail/


CONTRAIL is the world's first project to gather CO2 data continuously using scheduled passenger flights. Up until October last year, JAL had operated about 6,000 flights to 55 airports worldwide, collecting over 11,500 sets of data for use in studies on this issue. The CONTRAIL data have been widely used in research activities such as global carbon cycle, atmospheric transport and satellite validations.


By labeling one of the CME-equipped aircraft with the [CONTRAIL Project] logo, and using it on international routes originating from Tokyo (Haneda) to destinations such as Paris, San Francisco and Hong Kong, the organizations aim to raise the worldwide awareness of the purpose of this project.


The CONTRAIL Project is funded by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Government of Japan, which had certified JAL as an Eco-First company, JAL will continue to work closely as a team with the other four organizations to contribute to the conservation of the global environment through the observation of atmospheric GHGs.



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