Greek carrier Aegean Airlines launches sustainable aviation fuel program
Aegean Airlines announced July 12 its first ever sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) program and thus became the only carrier in Greece, and one of the few in Europe, to operate part of its domestic and international network using a blend of SAF. Aegean Airlines joined forces with longtime partner Hellenic Petroleum, one of the leading energy groups in Southeast Europe, for the supply of blended SAF on flights departing from its Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” hub.
Flights from Athens International Airport are expected to follow soon. Aegean Airlines says it is committed to the long-term sustainability goals of the aviation industry and is taking an active role to support various initiatives toward achieving net zero by 2050.
As part of its sustainability strategy, Aegean Airlines managed to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions by investing in a large Airbus A320/321neo fleet-renewal program.
The launch of its SAF program aims at further reducing its environmental footprint, while continuing to expand its network and operations. This strategic initiative for supply of SAF in Greece was welcomed by the Greek government, as it enables Greece to make an effective contribution to all international efforts that target to make air transport more sustainable.
It is also the first step for airlines and airports to align in a proactive manner with the upcoming European Union SAF targets by 2025.