Ryanair Partners With Neste Holland to Power Flights With 40 Percent SAF Blend
Ryanair has partnered with Neste Holland to power around a third of their flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with a 40 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 60 percent.
On Wednesday (April 20, 2022), Ryanair announced that they have partnered with Neste, a leading global sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplier, to power around a third of their flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) with a 40 percent SAF blend. The blended fuel will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 60 percent, thereby supporting Ryanair’s ‘Pathway to Net Zero by 2050’ sustainability goals. Ryanair has also partnered with Trinity College Dublin to open the Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre. The airline is also investing $22 billion in their Boeing 737-8-200 ‘Gamechanger’ fleet which offers four percent more seats, while delivering a 16 percent reduction in fuel and CO2 emissions, as well as a 40 percent smaller noise footprint.
Speaking at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Wednesday, Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability, Thomas Fowler, said,
“We are delighted to announce this landmark deal with Neste which will see Ryanair uplift this new 40% SAF blend. SAF is a cornerstone of our Pathway to Net Zero by 2050 decarbonisation strategy and this new blend will power a third of Ryanair flights at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 60%. We look forward to growing our partnership with Neste as we work toward achieving our goal of operating 12.5% of Ryanair flights with SAF by 2030.”
Also commenting on the new SAF partnership, Neste’s Vice President Europe – Renewable Aviation, Jonathan Wood, added,
“We’re excited to support Ryanair work towards its decarbonisation goals by supplying our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™. SAF is a key element in achieving aviation’s emission reduction goals. The aviation sector is now at a tipping point as demand increases, and policy proposals are on the table in the EU and UK to promote demand and supply of SAF. Neste is leading the transformation to SAF and investing as we speak to increase global SAF production capacity to 1.5 million tons per annum 2023. It is great to see Ryanair as the first short haul carrier take our SAF at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and we look forward to our joint journey towards a more sustainable future.”
Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline carries over 150 million passengers annually with more than 2,500 daily departures. Ryanair serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 Family aircraft and 20 Airbus A320s. Currently, the low-cost carrier has more than 200 Boeing 737-8200s on order, and will grow their fleet to 600+ aircraft in the coming years. Ryanair has maintained a stellar safety record for nearly 40 years and prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group,” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the “Big 4 EU major airlines.”