Viva Aerobus closed an agreement for the purchase of 1 million L of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with oil refining company Neste. Through the acquisition, the ultra-low-cost airline aims to reduce its carbon emissions, while it continues to grow in the domestic and international markets.
Viva Aerobus is buying 1 million L of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, according to the company. The SAF will be blended with conventional jet fuel and will power flights from the Los Angeles International Airport, California, to Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, explained Neste via a press release.
“We embrace the goal to reduce our carbon footprint, a goal which requires an extensive commitment. We are proud to increase the use of SAF, partnering with Neste, and we will also continue to take further steps in adhering to best practices in sustainability such as optimizing our fuel efficiency. We deeply thank Neste for supporting us on our journey towards becoming an eco-friendlier carrier,” says Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO, Viva Aerobus.
On June 15, 2022 Viva Aerobus successfully completed its first flight powered by Neste's SAF from Los Angeles to Guadalajara, Jalisco. The agreement is part of Viva Aerobus’ goal to reduce carbon emissions progressively. Neste explains that the airline’s SAF-powered flights will begin in 2H23 with 35% of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The use of this fuel is expected to reduce the airline’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,415 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to emissions from 537 passenger cars in the US in a year, reports Neste.
The partnership will seek to make trips in the hub more sustainable via Neste's capabilities at “one of the busiest airports in the US and the world,” said Michael Sargeant, Vice President Americas Renewable Aviation Business Unit, Neste.
Neste also recognized Viva Aerobus' sustainability efforts, highlighting that the airline’s fleet is the youngest in Mexico. Viva Aerobus also uses fuel-efficient technology, implemented the first program for recycling on-board waste in Mexico and deployed a voluntary carbon offset program, reports Neste.
In March 2023, Viva Aerobus transported 1.91 million passengers, 21.4% more than in the same month in 2022. That month, the airline reported an increase of 23.7% and 4.3% in domestic and international traffic, respectively. Zuazua described that, “the demand environment remains strong, with traffic and capacity in March growing at a healthy pace in the national and international market,” as reported by MBN.