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Mon, 20 September 2021

Braathens, ATR and Neste to Accelerate 100% SAF Certification

Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA), ATR and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste are working together to accelerate the certification of ATR aircraft flying with 100% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

The companies aim to operate a demonstration flight in 2022, with one of Braathens Regional Airlines ATR aircraft flying with 100% SAF in one engine and 50% SAF in the other, for an anticipated emissions reduction of 64%.

It is expected that an ATR flying with 100% sustainable aviation fuel in both engines would reduce CO2 emissions by 82%, if it were flying one of Braathens Regional Airlines typical routes.

Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA), ATR and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste are working together to accelerate the certification of ATR aircraft flying with 100% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Click to enlarge.

Per G. Braathen, Chairman of Braathens Regional Airlines, said, It is absolutely vital that aviation goes even further to decarbonise. It is what we want, and what our passengers and the general public expect. However, we must be realistic and accept that it is today impossible to achieve this aim with one concrete action only. This is a process with many steps and, in the short-term, the most efficient way to reduce CO2 emissions is to increase the use of SAF. Partnering with ATR to achieve 100% SAF certification will enable us to reach our goal of 100% SAF in our planes in 2030. This is in line with our strategy to become the worlds first net-zero airline 10 year ahead of any other airline.

This collaboration follows the successful Perfect Flight venture in 2019 in which every aspect of a BRA ATR flight was optimised, including the use of a 50% SAF blend. This led to a saving of 46% of CO2 emissions, compared to a standard flight.

ATR says that its aircraft burn up to 40% less fuel and emit up to 40% less CO2 than a similarly sized regional jet.

Stefano Bortoli, ATRs Chief Executive Officer, said, Braathens Regional Airlines is the ideal partner with whom to embark on this project. This is an airline that is clearly committed to sustainable aviation and is dedicated to pushing the limits of what is achievable. Braathens Regional Airlines has a history of being consistently among the first to adopt solutions to minimise their emissions. As well as being part of the first-ever deal for a Green Financed aircraft, it was also the first airline to offer their passengers the option to choose a biofuel flight and is currently the only airline in the Swedish governments Fossil Free Sweden initiative, actively striving for a domestic fossil free flight. We are proud to partner them on the next step of their journey and we are sure that with BRA as the pioneer, this will prove to be an important step for sustainable aviation.

See also: Rolls-Royce's All-Electric Spirit of Innovation Aircraft Takes Off for First Time and Swedish Project to Establish Technical Roadmap Towards Fossil-Free Aviation.

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