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Mon, 20 May 2019

Braathens Regional Airlines, Air BP, ATR and Neste Partner for ‘Perfect Flight’

Last week, a number of companies from across the aviation sector took up the challenge of turning a typical weekday service from Halmstad City airport (HAD/ESMT) to Stockholm Bromma airport (BMA/ESSB) into the ‘Perfect Flight’.

This is the first time that every element in the flight management process of a regional flight was optimised to keep carbon emissions to a minimum in Sweden, a country that is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2045.

Seventy two passengers, including international media, were on board the Braathens Regional Airlines ATR 72-600 turboprop which took one hour to reach its destination.

Braathens Regional Airlines collaborated with Air BP, ATR and Neste to achieve the ‘Perfect Flight’ from Halmstad City airport to Stockholm Bromma airport in Sweden – a country aiming to be carbon neutral by 2045. Click to enlarge.

With the electrification of commercial aircraft thought to be decades away, advances in aircraft efficiency and the use of sustainable aviation fuel are likely to play a significant role in supporting the aviation industry to meet its ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050.

 Anna Soltorp - Head of Sustainability, Braathens Regional Airlines, said, “We want to continue to fly ‘perfectly’ in the future. To achieve this, it is important that we can access sustainable aviation fuel in sufficient quantities and at the right price. For that we need political initiatives. We intend to continue the development of sustainable flying to make every flight as close to perfect as we possibly can. As a society we need to take action to combat climate change and drastically reduce emissions, aviation must play its part in this. Today, we have demonstrated what can be achieved through more efficient flying without compromising connectivity. It is another positive step forwards.”

The flight was powered by sustainable aviation fuel supplied by Air BP and produced by Neste. The fuel supplied produces up to 80% fewer emissions over its life-cycle than conventional jet fuel and is produced from non-palm renewable and sustainable raw materials. In addition, Air BP’s operations at Halmstad City airport are one of their over 250 locations that have been certified as carbon neutral since 2016.

Andreas Teir, Neste's Vice President in Renewable Transportation, Nordics, said, "Aviation stakeholders in Sweden have adopted a proactive approach to show their commitment to reducing emissions from their operations by promoting the use of renewable jet fuel. Decarbonizing aviation calls for close cooperation between aviation stakeholders combined with a strong willingness to work collaboratively. We are proud of our partnership with Air BP in bringing sustainable jet fuel to Sweden, which sends a strong signal to the international aviation community also."

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