Fulfilling its commitment made on World Environment Day, 5 June, Viva Aerobus – Mexico’s ultra-low-cost airline – took its first flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Los Angeles to Guadalajara on June 15. The uplift was made possible by the partnership between Avfuel and Neste.
The fueling milestone positions Viva Aerobus as a Mexican leader in reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. With a delivery of 28,000 litres (7,500 gallons) of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, Viva Aerobus was able to reduce carbon emissions by 21 metric tons of CO2 equivalent calculated over the life cycle when compared with conventional jet fuel, the equivalent of the amount of CO2 sequestered by 24.9 acres of US forests per year.
Viva has set an ambitious goal to purchase 1 million litres (or nearly 265,000 gallons) of SAF. To reach this goal, Avfuel and Neste are collaborating with Viva on a potential long-term SAF supply agreement. Neste, with its global, fast-growing SAF production, and Avfuel, with its global distribution logistics expertise, are uniquely positioned to help Viva achieve its SAF commitment.
“Viva’s SAF flight, its most-eco-friendly flight, is a milestone for efforts to decarbonise our industry,” says Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus. “We are excited to take this big step in Mexico’s aviation history aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We keep strengthening as the greenest Mexican airline, having the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger in the country. We are always looking for new ways to add value to our service, not only through low fares and reliability, but also by creating an airline industry focused on sustainability. When using SAF, for instance, we contribute directly and indirectly to 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.”
Viva is guided by its environmental culture “El Futuro es Verde”, having as one of its most significant goals to reduce its CO2 emissions per seat per kilometre and CO2 emissions per passenger per kilometre by more than 15% by 2025. This goal will be possible thanks to Viva’s disciplined operation, characterised by high load factors and the advanced technology of its aircraft; the airline boasts the third youngest fleet in North America (at an average of 5 years) with highly efficient and new generation engines, maximum seat density and non-stop direct flights.
Today, sustainable aviation fuel is the most effective way to reduce a flight’s carbon footprint. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel delivers a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%* over its life cycle versus traditional jet fuel if used in its neat, concentrated form.
Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue materials – such as used cooking oil. It is a fully approved drop-in fuel that, once blended with petroleum jet fuel, meets ASTM D-1655 specification for conventional jet fuel and performance standards under all operating conditions.
This makes Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel an optimum solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from flying, requiring no new investments, modifications or changes to the aircraft, fuel distribution infrastructure or airport fuel storage tanks.
*Calculated with established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, such as CORSIA methodology.