Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Airbus starts giving upto 5% SAF free for delivery flights; IndiGo becomes 1st airline to use this offer

Airbus has started offering upto 5% pure sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to customers taking aircraft from its Toulouse and Hamburg delivery centres. “The first airline to benefit from this offer was IndiGo, whose new A320neo took off from Toulouse on 3 July,” Airbus said.

“At their discretion, customers ferrying aircraft from our Tianjin, China, and Mobile, Alabama, delivery centres to their home base are already offered varying concentrations of SAF. Now our delivery teams are offering 5%-pure SAF to all customers departing Toulouse, and from September, to those taking delivery in Hamburg. To achieve this objective, Airbus has secured 6,805 hectolitres (HL) of SAF with different blend ratios, ranging from 30 to 49%. This will create around 18,000 HL, or 475,500 US gallons, of blended SAF for 2023 alone. Indigo was the first airline to take advantage of this offer, with an A320neo departing Toulouse for Delhi in early July,” Airbus said in a statement.

“Airbus is convinced SAF will play a major role in decarbonising aviation. In fact, we’ve already set ourselves a goal: to reach 10% pure SAF in the fuel mix of our own operations in 2023. We want to cover ferry flights too, which are when airlines fly a new aircraft to its home base,” it added.

11/07/2023 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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