Swiss International Air Lines and Swiss watchmaker Breitling are entering into a partnership that is a first in Switzerland. Breitling will now purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or SAF for short, for all business flights operated by SWISS. This makes Breitling the first Swiss business customer to commit to the use of SAF in its entirety. By using SAF, Breitling will reduce CO2-emissions from its air travel by 80 percent. The remaining CO2emissions are offset by Breitling through investments in high-quality climate protection projects.
By committing to the use of SAF, the watch manufacturer not only reduces its individual CO2-It also makes an important contribution to the promotion of sustainable air transport. SAF are currently only available in small quantities. With its commitment, the company is sending an important market signal to further drive the production and use of sustainable fuels.
Dieter Vranckx, CEO of Swiss, says: "Breitling and SWISS have enjoyed a successful partnership for many years, and I am delighted that we can now deepen it further. Breitling is playing an exemplary pioneering role here. It's collaborations like this that are significantly advancing the development of sustainable aviation fuels and thus accelerating the transition to more sustainable air travel." SWISS recently began offering its business customers various new products designed to reduce CO2-emissions of their air travel. Further SAF cooperations will follow; the externally validated and certified SAF offerings are meeting with great interest among companies.
"Sustainability is not just a project for us, but a journey we are embarking on to transform our business," says Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling. "The CO2-Neutralizing our SWISS flights is an important way for us to reduce our emissions and make a small contribution to the sustainability turnaround in the aviation industry, with which we have been closely associated since the 1930s."
Swiss and Lufthansa Group are committed
Sustainable fuels, so-called SAF, are not of fossil origin and close the carbon cycle. The SAF currently used by Swiss and the Lufthansa Group is produced from biogenic waste and reduces CO2-emissions by 80 percent compared with fossil fuel. Synthetic fuels available in the future will be virtually CO2-neutral. The use of SAF is essential for the reduction of CO2-emissions from air traffic. SWISS and the Lufthansa Group are therefore committed to researching, testing, and using sustainable aviation fuels. By participating in research and pilot projects as well as SAF alliances, the Lufthansa Group builds up know-how on technologies and market development.