Air Transat Lands First Two SAF-Powered Aircraft At YUL
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Transat took delivery of its first Airbus A321LR powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on 17JUL. Left to right: Damien Imbert, Airbus; Capt. Manuel Chabot, Air Transat; Gunnar Gross, Airbus; Jürgen Kuper, Air BP; Capt. Andrew Gordon, Air Transat; Ronny Stelter, AerCap. Photo credit: CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.
Air Transat's two new A321neoLR aircraft fuelled by a kerosene blend containing 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) landed at YUL over the weekend, marking an important step forward in the airline's pursuit of reducing its carbon footprint.
"It is an honour for us and a sign of confidence from Airbus to be, together with AerCap, its first customer to take advantage of this new delivery option at its Hamburg plant," said Jean-François Lemay, President and General Manager of Air Transat.
"This initiative is part of our commitment to reducing our own carbon footprint while contributing to the achievement of the airline industry's ambitious decarbonization targets."
Both delivery flights were carbon-neutral because the kerosene fossil fuel portion was offset by the purchase of carbon credits, according to a news release.
"We are proud to be the first Canadian carrier to operate carbon-neutral flights, and we will continue to pursue our commitment to providing our passengers with a travel experience that takes account of our environmental footprint," Lemay added.
With these two new aircraft in its fleet, TS now has six Airbus A321neoLRs – new-generation aircraft that consume 15% less fuel than the previous generation of Airbus jets.
In a separate carbon footprint reduction strategy, Air Transat recentlyreached an agreement with the SAF + Consortiumof Montreal to purchase a large portion of its SAF production, estimated to have an 80% lower carbon footprint than conventional jet fuel.
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Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.