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  • Joe Breitfeller

Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines Integrate Carbon Neutral Flying Into Booking Process

Effective immediately, customers booking flights with Austrian Airlines or Brussels Airlines can now choose from three CO2-neutral flying options, with choices of SAF, certified climate protection projects or a mix of both.


Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines Integrate one-click carbon-neutral flying into the booking process – Photo Credit: Michéle Pauty / Austrian Airlines

On Monday (May 30, 2022), Austrian Airlines announced the launch of three new customer options for CO2-neutral flying with just one click while booking. Effective Immediately, customers can support the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), CO2 compensation via climate protection projects from Climate Austria, or a combination of both options. Austrian Airlines wants to cut their fuel emissions by 50 percent by 2030 compared to 2019 levels through continuous optimization of flight operations, fleet modernization and the use of SAF.


In Monday’s announcement, Austrian Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Michael Trestl, said,


“By integrating the options for CO 2 -neutral flying into the booking process, it should be easier for our guests to contribute to sustainable travel and to discover the world in a CO2 -neutral way today. As the only Austrian airline, we already use sustainable fuel in flight operations and make CO 2 -neutral flying possible for our guests.”


Examples of Austrian Airlines CO2 Neutral Flying Options (One Way) - Courtesy Austrian Airlines

In a separate announcment on Monday (May 30, 2022), Brussels Airlines also announced the launch of the integration of the option for carbon-neutral flying into the booking process, which is now available across all Lufthansa Group hub airlines (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS and Lufthansa).

Commenting on the rollout of the new CO2-neutral booking options, Brussels Airlines’ CEO, Peter Gerber, said,


“We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to neutralize the CO2 emissions of their flight. So far, less than one percent of online bookers used to take advantage of our long standing option to fly carbon neutral. With the integration of the options in the booking transaction directly, I am sure that we will convince significantly more of our passengers to fly CO2-neutral and hereby making a contribution to more sustainable air travel.”


Screenshot of Brussels Airlines' CO2 Neutral Booking Options - Courtesy Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the national carrier of Belgium and a member of the Lufthansa Group. The carrier connects the European capital to over 70 destinations including 60 European, 15 African, two North American and Tel Aviv. Brussels Airlines operates 38 aircraft and has over 3,100 employees, supporting over 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. The carrier offers competitive fares and the highest levels of service quality, including bespoke onboard meals curated by yearly changing ‘Belgian Star Chefs.’ Founded in 2002, Brussels Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and is 100 percent owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.



Source(s): Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines