Airbus has expanded its sustainable aviation fuel
(SAF) operations to include aircraft deliveries from its site
in Hamburg, Germany.
Air Transat took delivery of two brand new
A321LR on lease from AerCap. Both used a 10 per cent sustainable
aviation fuel blend to fly the aircraft from Hamburg to Montreal,
Airbus has already successfully established SAF
flights out of Hamburg with its Beluga transport aircraft since
December 2019. Airbus offers customers the option of
receiving new jetliners with sustainable fuel in their tanks. Such
delivery flights have been available since 2016, starting from the
Airbus headquarters production facility in Toulouse, France,
followed by Mobile, Alabama, USA.
The fuel for Air Transat’s A321LR aircraft
delivered from Hamburg was supplied by Air bp and produced by
“It is an honor for us and a sign of confidence
from Airbus to be its first customer to take advantage of this new
delivery option at its Hamburg plant,” said Jean-François Lemay,
President and General Manager, Air Transat. “This initiative is
part of our commitment to reducing our own carbon footprint while
contributing to the achievement of the airline industry’s
ambitious decarbonization targets.”
Both delivery flights were
carbon-neutral because the kerosene fossil fuel portion will be
offset by the purchase of carbon credits.
“We are proud to be the first Canadian carrier to
operate carbon-neutral flights, and we will continue to pursue our
commitment to providing our passengers with a travel experience
that takes account of our environmental footprint,” Mr. Lemay
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