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BRA and Volvo Group partner on the world’s first SAF-powered flight route

BRA and Volvo Group partner on the world’s first SAF-powered flight route
Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) and Volvo Group partner on the world’s first SAF-powered flight route (photo courtesy BRA).

With two departures per week between Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT), Sweden, and Lyon-Saint Exupéry (LYS), France, Volvo Group will as of autumn 2022 fly their employees with Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) aircraft using 50 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – in what is today the most sustainable way to fly.

The new route between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Lyon, France will be the world’s first commercial route which will be flown with 50 percent SAF.

For Volvo Group this means that they can fly its employees between Renault’s headquarters in Lyon and Volvo Group headquarters in Gothenburg with what is today the most sustainable way to fly.

In collaboration with Volvo Group we have decided to fly with 50 percent SAF, which is currently the maximum amount permitted in commercial aviation, said Martin Erkenborn, Chief Commercial Officer at BRA.

Through this first flight route with the highest possible amount of SAF, the companies hope that together they can be a large inspiration for other companies to change their ways into a more sustainable way of traveling.

Within the EU, a new quota obligation is currently being discussed. The mandate is expected to go up between 38-54 percent by the year 2045. With this flight route, we will achieve a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by at least 40 percent from day one. Our hope is that this is just the beginning, and together with our corporate customers we can have several routes with similar solutions. It is also both exciting and important as this proves we can already today reach the EU goal for 2045. We hope that this route can inspire others to find similar solutions for flying more sustainably with the use of biofuels, Martin Erkenborn said.

Currently, the maximum SAF permitted in commercial traffic is 50 percent. BRA is running a project in collaboration with aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) and fuel producer Neste aiming to speed up the process of certifying 100 percent fossil-free flights.

We have a responsibility toward future generations for a more sustainable future. We hope to inspire other companies to do the same and maximize the use of SAF. Flying is unavoidable to ensure that our people within Volvo Group can do business efficiently by meeting in person. Through collaboration with Braathens Regional Airlines, we will do this in a more responsible way. This is only one example of a value-adding partnership we establish – using the full eco-system – to contribute to our climate goals as a company, ended Andrea Fuder, Chief Purchasing Officer, Volvo Group.

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