Sustainability – Reducing Paper Use with Electronic Flight Bags

3 July 2024

At Air Charter Scotland, we have always placed sustainability at the heart of our business. As part of our partnership with South Pole for example, we have made significant investments towards global sustainability projects around the world. These have seen us offset almost 13,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions through 2024 alone.

Despite this, we understand that change has to come from within. For us it’s just as important to build an environmentally conscious culture from the inside out. A key aspect of that is reducing our reliance on paper – starting with our use of Electronic Flight Bags.

What is an Electronic Flight Bag?

An Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) is a digital system used by flight crews to manage and access flight-related information and documentation. EFBs can be hardware devices (like tablets or laptops) or software applications that replace traditional paper-based reference materials and flight documents. By using EFB across all of our charters, Air Charter Scotland can replace up to 50 pounds or more of paper documents per flight, translating to significant annual savings in paper use and more importantly, a positive environmental impact.

What Information is in an EFB?

EFBs contains electronic charts and maps, including navigational charts, approach plates, and airport diagrams; flight plans and logs, with itineraries, routing, and historical data; real-time weather updates and forecasts; aircraft performance data, such as performance charts, fuel calculations, weight, and balance; operational manuals and documentation.

They have become a key communication tool for messaging between flight crews and dispatch,
as well as a one stop shop for regulatory documents including compliance materials, safety information, and certification documents.

What are the benefits of EFB’s?

For an airline operating multiple flights daily, the use of EFBs could mean saving thousands of pounds of paper annually. The use of EFBs can also drastically aid weight reduction on flights. By keeping weight to the minimum possible, fuel savings can be made.

EFBs efficiency and convenience to pilots and staff, allowing for quicker communications and a greater level of safety in an emergency situation. Utilising EFBs across the entirety of the Air Charter Scotland fleet is part of a company wide mission to reduce paper-use where possible and to create an environmentally conscious culture throughout the business – both in the air and on the ground.

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Air Charter Scotland’s Sustainability Mission Report

1 March 2024

Through 2023 we continued to place sustainability at the core of our business and are continuously investing in programs to optimise operations and digitise processes throughout our organisation. To further demonstrate our commitment, the company has made a significant financial investment to global sustainability projects working with our sustainability partner SouthPole.

Throughout the past decade we have invested and supported a range of projects across the world, including:

● A biogas project in Banga, Thailand;
● A solar energy project in Vietnam;
● Cookstoves and clean energy projects in Haiti;
● The installation of a new hydropower dam in the Du River in the Hubei Province of China.

This commitment to sustainability is something we take seriously at Air Charter Scotland, so much so that it is written into our Environmental Policy. This communicates our commitment to comprehensive environmental management, defines the scope and key areas for address and is subject to annual review.

Our commitment has so far seen us:

  • Utilising low emission transport
  • Reducing paper use where possible & moving toward digital operations
  • using a sustainable supply chain
  • Maximise recycling where possible

It’s a sustainability journey that we are excited to continue into 2024 and beyond. And with the assistance and support of South Pole, we look forward to updating you on the projects we support.


23 March 2023

2023 is shaping up to be a big year for business travel. Flying by private jet charter is an increasingly attractive option for companies and corporations returning to travelling for business.

The past few years have been challenging for the aviation sector, which in turn, across the industry there has been a significant decline in business travel. However, the private aviation sector is poised for a comeback bigger and better than ever. 

According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), almost nine in ten suppliers (86%) expect that spending by corporate customers in 2023 will be much higher (26%) or somewhat higher (60%) compared to 2022. 

Air Charter Scotland has built a reputation as one of the most reliable private jet operators in the UK and is the preferred private jet operator for some of the world’s largest businesses. We are committed to doing everything possible to exceed all expectations. 

1. Enhanced Safety

Safety considerations are driving many individuals and companies to look to private aviation for their business travel requirements. At Air Charter Scotland, we’re committed to doing everything possible to exceed all expectations for your clients. 

We pride ourselves on our safety record, managing a fleet of business jets with bases in Glasgow, London Luton and Malta. We have a dedicated and experienced team operating under the strictest of regulations overseen by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority, Transport Malta and the European Aviation Safety Agency. As an operator of public transport flights, we meet the same safety standards as Europe’s largest airlines, and we strive to better them.

2. Flexibility for even the most complex schedule

Of course, safety considerations are just one factor that is driving the return of business travel for the private aviation sector. Many business travellers are also looking for the convenience and flexibility that private aviation provides when it comes to scheduling and routing.

With Air Charter Scotland, our dedicated team will tailor private flights around even the busiest of schedules to ensure your clients get where they need to be when they need to be there.

3. Privacy

Travelling by private jet is a seamless process and offers a level of discretion and security that is unattainable on commercial airlines.

With Air Charter Scotland, your clients can enjoy the privacy and security of arriving at convenient FBOs as well as luxury lounges so they can prepare for their departure. Our FBOs provide VIP facilities with luxury lounges that boast the latest in technology for entertainment and communications. With a smooth transition from car, to lounge to aircraft, we put convenience and privacy at the forefront of the journey.

4. Business can continue with no distractions

Distractions and the lack of privacy on a commercial flight can become a real challenge when trying to continue with business in the air. Air Charter Scotland operate a variety of corporate jets on our two worldwide (UK and EU) AOCs – from business trip ready light jets ideal for three-hour bi-leisure trips to long range aircraft ideal for routes to New York or the Middle East.

5. Sustainability

Like others in the private aviation industry, we have placed sustainability at the core of our business. We made the decision to offset all of our flights, meaning our flying is now helping to support a hydro power water project located on the Du River in Hubei Province in China and also supporting our private jet clientele to reduce their carbon emissions. 

We are working with leading climate consultancy and project developer South Pole and we continue to progress towards a sustainable business future by investing in programs to address their operations’ emission, while channelling critical finance to climate action projects that reduce CO₂ from the atmosphere.

To further limit their environmental impact, Air Charter Scotland continues exploring additional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) procurement opportunities worldwide and monitoring the development in this area. Produced from sustainable resources like waste oils and agricultural residues, the use of SAF in its neat form can result in a carbon emission reduction of up to 85% compared to conventional jet fuel.

A business partner you can rely on

All of these factors and more are contributing to a renewed interest in private aviation for business travel. We understand that timings, logistics and sustainability are essential for business travel and our team can manage every detail for your flights and requests. 

Air Charter Scotland is the private jet operator of choice for companies and corporations returning to business travel. Contact our expert charter team today to discuss your requirements at +44 (0) 203 598 5392.


8 March 2023

Air Charter Scotland’s vision is to be a leading company in a net zero world. Sustainability is a priority for Air Charter Scotland and the broader aviation industry. Working with leading climate consultancy and project developer South Pole, Air Charter Scotland continues to progress towards a sustainable future for their business. By investing in programs to address their operations’ emission, while channelling critical finance to climate action projects that reduce CO₂ from the atmosphere.

Further steps towards sustainability

In further steps, the decision to compensate for every flight, means that all Air Charter Scotland’s flying is now helping to support a hydro power water project located on the Du River in the Hubei Province in China, which delivers clean electricity through the hydropower station and reduces pollution for the local community.

It is estimated that Aviation contributes to 2.5% of all global CO2 output. Air Charter Scotland’s goal for the future is to be fully carbon compensated across the entire business, leading to a Net Zero objective through emission reductions, carbon compensation through high quality carbon credits, and direct carbon capture in line with science. 

While measuring and compensating their carbon footprint to finance climate action has played a significant part in Air Charter Scotland’s environmental responsibility, they recognise that offsetting alone is not enough to achieve carbon neutrality. 

Sean Revez, Air Charter Scotland’s Sustainability Manager, said,

   “Air Charter Scotland is pushing to set a new standard for a reduced environmental impact, which is why we place sustainability at the core of our business. We are in a great position to make a change, and it is a company effort to make these changes together.’’

The company formed a sustainability employee team to enable them to integrate sustainability into everything they do, including business activities, to help them reach their goals. 

The team is continuously investing in programs to optimise operations and digitise processes throughout the organisation, both on the ground and with the fleet of aircraft, establishing a company-wide environmentally conscious culture. 


To further limit their environmental impact, Air Charter Scotland continues exploring additional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) procurement opportunities worldwide and monitoring the development in this area. Promising an up to 80% reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional jet fuel, SAF could help Air Charter Scotland accelerate their transition to more sustainable flying.

We were proud to have been recognised as an aviation sustainability leader in The Clean Sky Index by Equinox Charter. This index gives users a sustainability information system to provide fliers more control over their environmental impact when travelling.

Sean continues, “…Business Aviation assessments demonstrated, in general, some ground to cover. Yet, the work of companies like Air Charter Scotland in this segment is encouraging and are beginning to set the standards for others to follow.”

Innovation in aviation

There is much current innovation in sustainable aviation; Air Charter Scotland is excited to be a part of it and see the direct impact on the industry these changes are making.

As a leader in private charter, we understand that to drive a sustainable long-term recovery in the industry and to remain a priority across aviation’s value chain; we must continue to facilitate the global mission to achieve net zero by 2050.

Contact the Air Charter Scotland team to create your bespoke private jet charter trip.