Aircraft biofuels – first biofuel ATR 72-600 flight
There was another step forward in aircraft biofuels on February 1, 2017 when an ATR 72-600 of the Swedish carrier BRA (former Braathens Regional) flew from Stockholm-Bromma to Umeå fuelled with a blend of 45% fuel produced from fossil-free used cooking oil and 55% Jet A1.
This was the first use of biofuels in an ATR turboprop.
BRA provides air services from its hub of Stockholm-Bromma to twelve Swedish regions.
Several R&D initiatives are currently under way in Sweden to produce biofuels from different types of wood. In Sweden, forests cover more than 50% of the country, and grow at a rate of 120 million cubic meters annually.
ATR said: “Making domestic air traffic in Sweden completely fossil-free would require less than 2% of the total annual forest growth.”
Christian Clemens, Chief Executive Officer of BRA, said: “Sweden is currently debating a new tax on aviation. It will have a minimal impact on emissions, and will unfortunately slow down the pace in which we can continue to make aviation more sustainable. The ATR 72-600, especially if powered by biofuel, is the optimal transportation on many of our routes and features the highest standards of environmental care.”