March 25, 2023

  • Tom Boon-065

    Aegean Airways
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    Star Alliance
    Dimitrios Gerogiannis

One other main European airline has adopted sustainable aviation gas for its environmental work. In collaboration with Hellenic Petroleum, Greek flag provider Aegean has begun fueling a few of its flights out of Athens Worldwide Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (AIA) with SAF, provided by main producer Neste.

The Athens addition follows the provision to Thessaloniki “Makedonia” Airport, which commenced in mid-July. To date, Aegean Airways is the one provider in Greece that has opted to make use of sustainable aviation gas to energy flights. The airline’s Chairman, Efthichios Vassilakis, commented on the brand new settlement for Eleftherios Venizelos,


We’re more than happy that only one month after our settlement with HELLENIC PETROLEUM to guide the sustainable aviation gas program in Greece, we at the moment are in a position to energy our fleet with SAF from Athens Worldwide Airport as nicely. It is a results of a joint effort, showcasing that the one technique to obtain the purpose for inexperienced and sustainable aviation is thru cooperation, fast resolution making and sensible, revolutionary options. Even when such options is a primary, small step in an ongoing effort that ought to be continued and intensified as we transfer ahead to local weather change.

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Often, bulletins for SAF uptake agreements include a particular sum of liters or gallons. In the meantime, no actual quantity for the gas has been made public, so it’s tough to inform simply how small a step it’s from the Greek airline. However within the technique of the oh-so-crucial stimulating of the manufacturing, each settlement certainly counts.

In the meantime, Athens Worldwide Airport achieved carbon-neutral operations on its premises in 2017, as the primary airport globally to take action. The airport is separated from Athens by the mountain Hymettus (Ymittos, in Latinized Greek), and is located within the Attica area, which has been stricken by fires lately on account of local weather change. In 2018, not less than 74 folks died on account of wildfires lower than a 30-minute drive from the airport, and flights have been canceled or diverted as a consequence of heavy smoke.

AIA’s Chief Govt Officer commented on this subsequent step within the airport’s sustainability journey,

“The primary provide of Athens Worldwide Airport, which has already achieved a carbon impartial stability in its premises, with SAF, marks one other necessary step in our total dedication to handle environmental challenges. Right this moment’s provide with SAF is a results of the coordinated actions of all collaborating events, the final months and demonstrates our dedication for sustainable aviation in Greece.”

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In the meantime, Hellenic Petroleum, which might be supplying the Neste SAF by way of its subsidiary EKO, has set a strategic purpose to develop into a supplier of low-carbon power options and to scale back its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. The corporate’s Chief Govt Officer said,

“Inside a month for the reason that announcement of our intention to gas AEGEAN fleet departing from Athens Worldwide Airport with SAF, we’re ready to take action at present. Greece is now positioned within the map of inexperienced aviation, being represented twice within the checklist of solely 9 European airports the place SAF can be found. We specific the desire to be current on this new period, acknowledging that the challenges of the power disaster are the truth is accelerating developments within the EU for the power transition and the shift to cleaner types of power”.

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