Yesterday afternoon, at 4:56 p.m., Viva Aerobus received, in Terminal C of the Monterrey International Airport, its plane number 78 on an iconic transfer flight. It was the first time that Airbus used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the delivery of a new aircraft to the ultra-low-cost airline.
The new Airbus A321NEO registration XA – VXM came from the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany, making stops in the cities of Keflavík, Iceland and Bangor, United States, on a flight that used a 10% SAF mixture. It should be remembered that, in accordance with the guidelines established by global aeronautical institutions, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), sustainable aviation fuel can be mixed up to a limit of 50% depending on its production.
“The arrival of our #78 aircraft not only represents our constant expansion strategy; It is also a symbol of our commitment, and that of Airbus, to the decarbonization of the airline industry. And we will continue working to reduce our environmental footprint and take care of the environment,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, General Director of Viva Aerobus.
Viva Aerobus recalls that in recent months it has taken actions to strengthen a more sustainable operation. For example, at the beginning of the year it signed a purchase agreement for one million liters of SAF from the global producer Neste; and also concluded a Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of 90 Airbus A321neo aircraft and thus maintain a modern and efficient fleet.
With this reception, the airline has already integrated nine aircraft into its fleet so far this year, adding a total of 78 Airbus, 45 Airbus A320 and 33 Airbus A321. Backed by this growing fleet, Viva also continues to expand its offering. In this sense, in 2023, Viva has announced more than 20 new national and international routes.