Airbus has begun making aircraft delivereies from its site in Hamburg, Germany, using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) operations.
Air Transat took delivery of two new A321LRs on lease from AerCap. Both used a 10% sustainable aviation fuel blend to fly the aircraft from Hamburg to Montreal, Canada, non-stop.
Airbus has operated SAF flights out of Hamburg with its Beluga transport aircraft since December 2019.
Airbus is the first aircraft manufacturer offering 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 Neste.
"Sustainability and efficiency are essential for our customers and for Airbus,“ said Christian Scherer, CCO at Airbus.
"Sustainable aviation fuel developments will play a key role in reducing the environmental footprint of the aviation industry.
"By using sustainable aviation fuels on delivery flights with partners like AerCap and Air Transat, who are flying the aircraft from Hamburg to their Canadian homebase nonstop, we take concrete action to contribute to a more sustainable aviation future.“