Etihad Airways, World Energy collaborate to operate 'NetZero' flight
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Etihad Airways, World Energy collaborate to operate ‘NetZero’ flight

Etihad Airways, World Energy collaborate to operate ‘NetZero’ flight

The flight, which will be operated by Etihad’s Boeing 787 Greenliner, will leverage SAF Book & Claim systems in partnership with World Energy to overcome SAF logistical and infrastructure challenges

Etihad Airways, World energy to operate NetZero flight

Etihad Airways is collaborating with World Energy, a carbon-net-zero solutions provider, to operate the first “NetZero” flight using only sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) Book & Claim, to deliver delegates to COP27, with zero net emissions.

The NetZero flight will be the latest in a series of “EcoFlight” tests since Etihad launched its Greenliner programme in 2020.

The airline will operate its Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi service, routed via COP27 venue Sharm-El Sheik. It aims to highlight the “only feasible path to net-zero commercial aviation using current technology while showcasing the challenges and opportunities of SAF”.

Mariam Alqubaisi, head of sustainability and business excellence, Etihad Airways, said, “This initiative is about proving net-zero commercial aviation is possible and facing up to the significant logistical challenges the industry faces to turn the possible into the routine. Etihad endeavours to make good on its rigorous commitment towards sustainable aviation coupled with our commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and halving our net emission levels by 2035.”

Gene Gebolys, CEO World Energy, said, “Together, we can efficiently change the fuel we fly on, so we can change the impact of flying. We are grateful to corporate leaders such as Etihad who are paving the way to help make net-zero aviation a reality.”

In other news, in July,  Etihad became the first airline to join the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), an international group of practitioners and academia convened by the University of Cambridge. The airline joined Boeing and Rolls-Royce who also announced their commitment to partner with AIA to accelerate their work towards net zero aviation and provide in-depth technical and policy expertise.

Read:  Etihad joins Aviation Impact Accelerator to boost net zero aviation

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