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Air Canada uplifts SAF at Schiphol Airport for new flights between Montreal, Amsterdam

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Air Canada completed its inaugural Montreal to Amsterdam flights June 3 with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Coinciding with the launch of Air Canada’s second route from Amsterdam to Canada, the airline is further advancing initiatives in its Climate Action Plan by expanding its partnership with SAF producer Neste in Europe to now incorporate Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in some of its flights at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Use of SAF could reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80 percent over the fuel’s lifecycle compared to use of conventional jet fuel. This reduction is calculated based on a full lifecycle assessment.

“We are thrilled to launch our new, nonstop service between Amsterdam and Montreal for summer 2023, which complements our year-round flights between the Dutch capital and Toronto,” said Michael Rousseau, president and CEO at Air Canada. “The start of our flights between Montreal and Amsterdam also marks our first SAF supply in Europe and demonstrates the value of this proven technology. Along with the entire Canadian aviation industry, we believe Canada should invest in SAF production and call upon government and other stakeholders to make this a priority.”

Rousseau continued, saying, “For Air Canada, the expansion of our partnership with Neste to supply our first flight from Europe with SAF means that we are taking a step further and offering more SAF through our Leave Less Travel Program on a book-and-claim basis, further supporting our journey towards our ambitious 2050 net-zero emissions goal.”

Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program offers corporate customers and cargo-freight forwarders with opportunities to offset or reduce GHG emissions related to their business travel or cargo shipments.

With the addition of Amsterdam as new SAF supply location, Air Canada can now uplift SAF at Schiphol Airport as it does at San Francisco International Airport.

Through a book-and-claim solution, Air Canada can transfer the environmental attributes of SAF to corporate partners, even if they are not physically connected to these supply sites.

Air Canada’s flights between Montreal and Amsterdam are operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring three classes of service.

The five-times-weekly flights this summer complement Air Canada’s year-round flights between Toronto and Amsterdam.

With up to double daily flights between Canada and Amsterdam from two of Air Canada’s global hubs, customers on both sides of the Atlantic have convenient choices to visit and explore each other’s continents.



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