First ATR biofuel flight
On February 1st, an ATR 72-600 of the Swedish carrier BRA (former Braathens Regional) flew from Stockholm-Bromma to Umeå fueled at 45% with fossil-free used cooking oil: This was our first biofuel-powered flight!
Thanks to its lighter structure, optimized speed and engines designed for short routes, our aircraft already demonstrates the best environmental performance in its segment. Nonetheless, we continue to invest in virtuous technologies and contribute to European research and development efforts to take advances in environmental performance even further.
One of our commitments is to support our customers wishing to deploy sustainable operations with alternative fuels. We encourage the use of alternative fuels and offer support to customers and local governments in developing a comprehensive business plan, from fuel selection to routing, certification and availability for seamless airline operations.
At the occasion of this first flight, our CEO reminded: "There is no commercial airplane in the world that burns less fuel than the ATR 72-600. This aircraft consumes approximately 40 per cent less fuel than regional jet. An ATR 72-600 with biofuel substantially further cuts CO2 emissions when compared to a regional jet."
And BRA's CEO to conclude: "It is important to have a transportation that provides efficiency, frequency, and environment care. This is what we get with the ATRs."