AEGEAN Welcomes Another New Airbus A321neo, The First Delivery Flight to Greece With SAF
Today, AEGEAN welcomed their fourth of 46 Airbus A321neos on order and the first delivery flight to Greece powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The aircraft flew from Hamburg to Athens using a blend of sustainable and traditional aviation fuel.
Today (July 30, 2021), AEGEAN announced the delivery of their fourth of 46 Airbus A321neos on order. The event was also marked by another milestone as the aircraft flew from Hamburg to Athens utilizing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a first for a Greek airline. AEGEAN has taken delivery of new aircraft since 2020 as part of their fleet modernization program and commitment to sustainability. The new A321neos deliver a 19-23 percent lower CO2 footprint compared to the aircraft they replace, as well as a 53% reduction in emissions compared to aircraft operated by AEGEAN 20 years ago.
In Friday’s announcement, AEGEAN’s CEO, Dimitris Gerogiannis, said,
“Although we are still working our way through a major pandemic crisis, we retain our focus on the new era for AEGEAN as well as sustainable air transport, while continuing our efforts with the fleet renewal plan as well as the use of innovation. Today’s first delivery flight with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a significant symbolic milestone for AEGEAN and an important step towards sustainability in Greece.”
AEGEAN’s new A321neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which, when combined with the aircraft’s state-of-the art airframe, delivers a 16 percent reduction in fuel-burn and associated emissions, as well as a substantially reduced noise footprint, compared to previous generation aircraft.
AEGEAN and its subsidiary Olympic Air carried 15 million passengers in 2019 and the airline has been honored ten out of the last eleven years with the Skytrax World Airline Award for ‘Best European Regional Airline.’ AEGEAN expects to receive 44 additional Airbus A320neo Family aircraft by 2026.