Low-cost airline Vueling is to promote the use of Exolum’s Avikor sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through it’s ticketing process.
Passengers will be offered the change to make a small, voluntary contribution when booking a flight, allowing SAF to replace traditional kerosene during refuelling. The more passengers choose to donate, the more SAF will be used. The option is already available through the Vueling app and on mobile browsers, while the desktop version will be available in early July 2022. Passengers opting to donate will receive a certificate accrediting the volume of SAF they have supported.
‘This service will allow Vueling to continue to offer competitive prices and accelerate the transition to carbon neutral and greener transport,’ says Franc Sanmartí, director of sustainability and government affairs at Vueling.
The price of SAF is 3-5 times higher than conventional kerosene, and makes less than 0.01% of aviation fuel used globally. Incentivising its use will increase the volumes produced and ultimately bring down the cost of production. Vueling hopes to reduce its CO2 emissions by up to 80% through the scheme.
The new agreement is part of the Flightpath Net Zero programme, through which Vueling is committed to achieving zero net CO2 emissions by 2050. Its parent company, IAG, was the first airline in Europe to commit to operating 10% of flights using SAF by 2040.