LONDON – Yesterday, Wizz Air operated its first green demonstration flight between Bucharest and Lyon as calls on sustainability intensify.
The flight was operated by one of the airline’s Airbus A321neo aircraft, with the flight operating with 4.5 tonnes worth of a SAF blend on a 30-70 split with Jet A1 fuel.
Wizz Air also used a 14.2% blend of SAF, which resulted in a CO2 reduction of 12.8%, with there being green initiatives also taking part on the flight too.
Commenting on this feat was Johan Eidhagen, Wizz Air’s Chief People & ESG Officer:
“Wizz Air is the fastest-growing airline in Europe and has an ambitious growth strategy, with plans to expand our fleet and team of dedicated pilots and crew members.”
“We strive to continue to deliver affordable travel for all, in the most sustainable way. We operated our first green demonstration flight from Bucharest to Lyon, in anticipation of the EU’s “Connecting Europe Days” sustainable mobility conference.”
“This inaugural flight reflects our commitment to a greener future for the aviation sector.”
“I would like to thank all of my colleagues who have been working hard to make Wizz Air one of Europe’s most sustainable airlines and all of the passengers that choose to fly the greenest each day!”
Continued Project Boost…
For Wizz Air, this is a continued project boost off the back of the creation of its Fly the Greenest Campaign which started this year.
On top of this, the airline has been recognized as the “Most Sustainable Low-Cost Airline” at the World Finance Sustainability awards 2022.
When traveling by Wizz Air, passengers will have a CO2 footprint of only 57.2 grams per kilometer on average (pre-COVID). If this were to be applied across the industry, European CO2 emissions from aviation would reduce by 34%.
In addition to its modern fleet, Wizz Air doesn’t fly half-empty planes, doesn’t have business class seating, and only flies direct routes.
Continued Good News…
The airline has had a better week, especially with the airline announcing a continued rise in passenger numbers.
The airline handled a little over 4.3 million passengers last month, which is 179% better than that of June 2021, offering a load factor of 86.1%.
Data from RadarBox.com does correlate the high increases, especially through a 36.08% increase in flight movements from June 25-July 2.
The 841 flights are higher than the same period last year, where 618 flights were recorded. The 841 figure also exceeds the 651 recorded in 2019, highlighting more than a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It remains clear that Wizz Air is definitely leading some form of a push when it comes to sustainability.
With SAF becoming a more prevalent aspect of aviation, it is only a matter of time before this becomes the norm.
Looking ahead, there will no doubt be more programs that the likes of Wizz Air take part in and will continue to push for the cause of aviation becoming a net-zero industry by 2050.