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Bonza takes delivery of Boeing 737-8 MAX

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New low-cost carrier Bonza has become the first Australian airline to take delivery of Boeing’s 737-8 MAX.

Bonza welcomed the fuel-efficient 737-8 at its Sunshine Coast base this week, with Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza commenting: “We are beyond excited to welcome our first 737 MAX to Sunshine Coast Airport and with so much buzz around the country for Bonza, we hope today is also exciting for the communities we’ll be flying to.

“Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to reach this significant milestone and we cannot wait to launch operations in the near future. The efficiency, reliability and overall capability of the 737 MAX will enable us to provide our customers with low-cost flights and the highest level of comfort onboard.”

The aircraft will enable Bonza to optimise its domestic operations, and Boeing says it will reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20%. “This is a tremendous milestone for Bonza and Boeing as the airline joins many operators around the world who have launched service with the 737 MAX,” said Christy Reese, Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“Bonza has created a new business model to create new markets in Australia’s dynamic commercial aviation market. We are confident that the fuel-efficient 737-8 airplanes will enable the airline to provide their passengers with a comfortable flying experience and a more sustainable option to travel throughout the country.”

Air New Zealand announces science-based emissions reduction target

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Air New Zealand is progressing on its Flight NZ0 journey by setting an ambitious science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

The flag carrier of New Zealand says it interim target is validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and requires a 28.9% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030 from a 2019 baseline.

Science-based targets validated by the SBTi show companies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Setting a science-based target allows businesses to set a robust and credible carbon reduction target that is independently assessed to ensure it aligns with the latest climate science.

Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Safety Officer David Morgan commented: “This interim target will drive activity today and set the airline up for success in achieving its net zero 2050 target. Getting the target validated by the SBTi was a rigorous process and something we are incredibly proud to have achieved. Our GHG emissions were reviewed in detail by the SBTi to ensure we had an accurate emissions baseline and science-based target set.

“This target makes us accountable today. Implementing our decarbonisation roadmap will be critical to achieving this target – with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), continued fleet renewal, operational efficiency, and zero emissions aircraft technologies all playing a role.

Morgan says the airline’s key focus areas are SAF and the adoption of zero emissions aircraft technologies as they have the potential to reduce the carrier’s emissions by approximately 70% by 2050. “We already have several initiatives in the works including a partnership with the Government to scope the feasibility of a SAF production plant in New Zealand and our world-leading Product Requirements Document currently in market to accelerate the development of hydrogen, electric, and hybrid aircraft. These are the initiatives that will drive real change in reducing our emissions and we’re incredibly focused on delivering them as quickly as possible.”

Aer Lingus signs deal for sustainable aviation fuel supply

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Aer Lingus has signed a sustainable aviation fuel supply agreement with US-based renewable fuels producer Gevo, Inc.

The agreement to purchase 19,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel per year for five years is a significant step by the airline in its commitment to a lower-carbon future, Aer Lingus says.

The carrier has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has committed to powering 10% of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. The agreement will see Aer Lingus purchase enough SAF to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by at least 180,000 tonnes, the equivalent of powering 1,000 net zero CO2 emissions flights between Dublin and Los Angeles on an A330 aircraft.

Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus Chief Executive Officer, said: “This agreement with Gevo marks an exciting and critical step on our journey to net zero carbon emissions and underlines our commitment to powering 10% of flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.”

“The sustainable aviation fuel produced by Gevo will be used to power our flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco, and from 2026, 50% of fuel purchased by Aer Lingus from California will be sustainable aviation fuel.”

Air France, Thales and partners test concept to reduce aviation emissions

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In an effort to help achieve net zero carbon emissions for commercial aviation by 2050, Thales, Air France, DSNA, ONERA, Atmosphère, CGX and Cerfacs have announced they have joined forces on the Octavie project to test an innovative new concept.

Under the ‘Green Flag’ concept, which was developed for the Provert study by Thales, France’s air navigation services provider DSNA and Air France, air traffic control authorities can designate certain portions of airspace as Green Flag sectors during periods of moderate traffic. Working in coordination with air traffic controllers, pilots in these sectors are then able to adopt the most eco-friendly practices by optimising flight parameters (route, altitude, speed) to minimise fuel consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The concept relies on the use of collaborative digital tools to simplify interaction between pilots and controllers and guarantee the highest possible levels of flight safety.

The Octavie project has already moved into a new phase and conducted its first tests in real-life conditions on two Air France flights between Paris-Orly and Toulouse-Blagnac. Thales says the tests demonstrated the value of the Green Flag concept and its ability to reduce CO2 emissions while optimising altitude and distance. Thanks to easier interaction between the flight deck and air traffic control centres, controllers were able to maintain the aircraft at cruising speed for longer periods, and flight crews could adopt continuous descent approach procedures to reduce fuel consumption.

“Thanks to the strong engagement of the project partners and the support of the Occitanie region, we have just cleared an important hurdle in the race to decarbonise aviation. The test results and the lessons learned have paved the way for optimised flow management, which will make it possible to reduce flight CO2 emissions by 10%,” said Yannick Assouad, Executive Vice President, Avionics at Thales.

Laurent Lafontan, Senior Vice President, Flight Operations Technical Development, Air France commented: “Decarbonising aviation is a key challenge for everyone involved in the air transport sector. The success of the Octavie project shows how crucial it is for all the stakeholders to work together to achieve realistic, ambitious and highly demanding CO2 emissions reduction targets like those adopted by Air France. Alongside its partners Thales and DSNA, Air France is contributing specialised expertise and resources to drive the innovations that will make air transport more sustainable.”

Singapore Airlines operates blended SAF flight

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) and GenZero, an investment platform dedicated to accelerating decarbonisation globally, announced the delivery of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Changi Airport via the airport’s fuel hydrant system on 7 July 2022.

The carrier says this was the first time blended SAF is uplifted onto SIA and Scoot departing flights at Changi Airport as part of a pilot programme. Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines, said at the time: “Today marks an important milestone in the SIA Group’s decarbonisation journey, as we uplift a blend of sustainable aviation fuel and jet fuel into our aircraft departing out of Singapore for the first time. Sustainable aviation fuels are a key decarbonisation lever, and this pilot demonstrates our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Working together with our partners, we will continue support the adoption of SAF in Singapore.”

Under this pilot, 1,000 tonnes of neat SAF will be supplied by Neste and blended with refined jet fuel at ExxonMobil’s facilities in Singapore.

The pilot, which is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tonnes, was announced in November 2021 and aims to advance the use of SAF in Singapore. It is a follow-up to a study conducted by the Singapore Government and industry players on the operational and commercial viability of using SAF at Changi Airport.

As part of the pilot, CAAS, SIA and Temasek also announced the sale of 1,000 SAF credits from July 2022. This provides customers including corporate and individual travellers, as well as freight forwarders, an avenue to reduce their carbon footprint, stimulate demand for SAF, support the development of the nascent SAF industry and advance the adoption of SAF for aviation sustainability.

Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President of Renewable Aviation for the Asia-Pacific region, Neste, said: “We are excited to see Singapore Airlines starting today the use of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in their flight operations. The collaboration with ExxonMobil, Singapore Airlines, Temasek and CAAS demonstrates the potential of SAF in reducing aviation’s emissions and helps accelerate its use in Singapore and globally. Neste is committed to play its part as we are starting SAF production in Singapore in the first quarter of 2023 with one million tonnes of production capacity per annum.”

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Lufthansa Technik’s AVIATAR reaches carbon-neutral operations

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Lufthansa Technik has announced its digital operations suite AVIATAR is now operating as carbon-neutral. Philip Mende, Vice President Digital Fleet Services at Lufthansa Technik said: “Of course, we are proud to be the pioneer among digital tech ops platforms in launching a carbon-neutral product. But this is just the start for us. On the one hand, we will continue to drive forward the real reduction of emissions in our production in a targeted manner and firmly anchor the topic of sustainability in our product development.

“On the other hand, we intend to conduct further studies in the near future in order to precisely quantify the emission savings that AVIATAR enables for our customers, for example by avoiding technical diversions or by optimising aircraft performance and flight operations. Here, we expect even more impressive figures.”

Lufthansa Technik says CO2 neutrality of its digital product segment is only the first step, and continuous reduction of emissions is a high priority for its four other business segments too. Although neutrality in the rather “classic” industrial segments is much more difficult to achieve than with digital products, Lufthansa Technik says it has set itself ambitious milestones. The CO2 footprint of the entire company is to be reduced by 25% by 2025 and the share of renewable energies is to increase to 50%.

The company has also set other milestones such as increasing recycling rate (to 75%), improving resource efficiency (by 25%), and reducing the chemical footprint (by 25%).

Lufthansa Technik also supports airlines around the world in achieving their sustainability goals, with its sustainability products such as the company’s Cyclean engine wash system and surface technology AeroSHARK.

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Wizz Air operates green demonstration flight

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Wizz Air has operated its first green demonstration flight.  The Airbus A321neo flight used a 14.2% blend of SAF, which resulted in 12.8% reduction of CO2 emissions, and there were also green initiatives onboard.

Wizz Air says it has been recognised as a leading airline in sustainable travel and is continuously improving its sustainability rating over the years. Underpinning its commitment to sustainability and highlighting the main reasons why it is the greenest choice for flying, Wizz Air launched its ‘Fly the Greenest’ campaign in the beginning of 2022.

Johan Eidhagen, Chief People and ESG Officer at Wizz Air, said: “Wizz Air is the fastest growing airline in Europe and has an ambitious growth strategy, with plans to expand our fleet and team of dedicated pilots and crew members. We strive to continue to deliver affordable travel for all, in the most sustainable way.

“We operated our first green demonstration flight from Bucharest to Lyon, in anticipation of the EU’s “Connecting Europe Days” sustainable mobility conference. This inaugural flight reflects our commitment to a greener future for the aviation sector. I would like to thank all of my colleagues who have been working hard to make Wizz Air one of Europe’s most sustainable airlines and all of the passengers that choose to fly the greenest each day!”

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Pratt & Whitney Canada conducts 100% SAF flight test with Braathens and ATR

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Braathens flight PW127M

Pratt & Whitney Canada has performed a successful flight test of dual PW127M engines with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a Braathens Regional Airlines’ ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney Canada says both PW127M engines were fuelled exclusively with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel and flew for two hours in total. The flight between Malmo and Bromma Airports was a collaborative effort involving Braathens, ATR and Pratt & Whitney Canada.

“We are extremely pleased with the successful testing of our PW127M engines on 100% SAF,” said Timothy Swail, Vice President, Regional Aviation and APU Product Marketing and Sales for Pratt & Whitney Canada. “We have worked closely with ATR and Braathens leading up to the flight testing and share their enthusiasm over the future application of SAF in the aviation industry.”

ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli, said: “Today is a historic day for aviation. After more than a century of commercial flights powered by kerosene, we are at the dawn of a new era. In recent months, with the support of Pratt & Whitney Canada we carried out a series of successful flights with sustainable fuel in one engine. We now decided it was time to perform the first test flight with 100% SAF in both engines. This helps us to certify our aircraft to fly solely on sustainable fuels faster and to enable more sustainable air links as a result.

“The flight represents a true milestone for the entire aviation industry as it shows that this technology works and can be promptly adopted by many in our industry to speed up the transition to zero emission aviation.”

Pratt & Whitney Canada says its engines have been 50% SAF compatible since the late 2000s. The company’s family of regional turboprop engines consume up to 40% less fuel and emit 40% fewer emissions than similar-sized jet-power aircraft on similar routes.

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NetJets, Lilium and Flight Safety International to partner up for sustainable future

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NetJets and aviation training organisation FlightSafety International have signed a memorandum of understanding with all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet manufacturer Lilium for a proposed strategic partnership.

The arrangement is planned to provide NetJets with the right to purchase up to 150 Lilium aircraft. This will introduce more options to NetJets owners to complement their existing flight patterns and NetJets also anticipates supporting Lilium with a private sales campaign for individuals to purchase Lilium aircraft.

The Lilium Jet’s flexible cabin architecture is expected to enable a range of configurations, including configurations with four- to six-passenger layouts that address both premium and shuttle mission profiles.

Lilium would also partner with FlightSafety International as part of the arrangement to provide products and services, such as courseware, industry leading immersive and mixed reality training devices and crew training to support Lilium Jet operations. FlightSafety’s proprietary training software will deliver flexible and agile learning solutions needed to support the advanced air mobility market.

Daniel Wiegand, Co-Founder and CEO of Lilium, said: “This partnership is a major step in our mission to build radically better ways of moving and to electrify regional air travel. We believe that the private and business professional segments will be highly attractive markets in the future and, likewise, early adopters of the eVTOL revolution. We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with NetJets and FlightSafety to electrify this market and hope to forge a long-term strategic partnership to bring high speed regional electric air mobility to the world.”

Brad Thress, President and CEO of FlightSafety International, said: “Our focus on technology and adaptive learning will help prepare aviation professionals with the highest levels of expertise to support operation of the Lilium Jet.”

Adam Johnson, CEO of NetJets, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Lilium’s experienced team to provide sustainable flight services to our customers. Lilium’s aircraft will expand our fleet options and provide our customers with a new and flexible means of private air travel.”

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European aviation leaders welcome sustainability declaration

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Aviation giants Airbus, Air France-KLM, ATR, Dassault Aviation, Groupe ADP, Safran and Thales have released a joint statement welcoming the decarbonisation declaration made today in Toulouse by the European Commission and EU member states under the French EU presidency.

The companies say they all welcome the commitments to work with the European aviation industry to achieve the decarbonisation of the sector by 2050 and say they will continue to invest in the maturation, development and implementation of decarbonisation technologies such as next-generation aircraft and engines, sustainable aviation fuels and synthetic fuels.

The joint statement also urges the European Commission to launch industrial alliances critical to align the entire ecosystem around the joint ambition – including the Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuels Value Chain Industrial Alliance, the Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation and the European Raw Materials Alliance – and calls for the commitments taken by the European Union to be adopted globally to accelerate the decarbonisation of the industry around the world.