Vistara Airlines take first step towards Carbon Neutrality
Vistara airline became the first operator in India to fly a wide-body aircraft on a long-haul route using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
According to an announcement from Vistara on Thursday, the fourth in its fleet of GEnx-powered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners was used for the partnership flight between Charleston International Airport in South Carolina and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
By using a blend of 30 percent such sustainable aviation fuel with 70 conventional jet fuel, Vistara claimed it was able to reduce approximately 150,000 pounds of CO2 emissions over the fuel`s life cycle.
“This is an important milestone in our commitment towards achieving carbon neutrality. We thank our partners, Boeing and GE Aerospace, for their support and hope that initiatives such as this, open up more avenues for the industry to increasingly adopt sustainable technologies,” said Vinod Kannan, CEO, Vistara.
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to conventional jet fuel, lowering carbon emissions by up to 80 percent over the fuel`s life cycle, depending on the feedstock.
“We congratulate Vistara on the significant achievement of becoming the first Indian airline to operate a wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 787-9, on a long-haul route using SAF. This is a major milestone in the Indian aviation industry`s journey towards decarbonization, and we are proud to have been a partner in this endeavor. Boeing remains committed to working with Vistara and other partners to promote the use of SAF in the Indian aviation industry and around the world, in support of our collective goal of achieving a sustainable future for air travel,” said Salil Gupte, president, of Boeing India.