Short haul operators should look to zero-emissions technologies: easyJet CEO

    easyJet CEO Johan Lundrgen stated electric or hydrogen solutions, or a combination of the two, offer a better emissions reduction alternative than sustainable aviation fuels for short haul operators (Aviation International News, 22-Mar-2021). Mr Lundgren also said that 150 to 180 seat aircraft using alternative power/propulsion sources will become available on a large scale, stating that it “is not [a] challenge from a technical point of view,” but rather a question of “how we will transition to that”. Mr Lundgren said short haul carriers should invest in carbon offsets instead of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). Mr Lundgren said: “SAFs and, in particular, power-to-liquid will play a role for long haul, but it is definitely not something we as a short haul operator would look at as part of our end game at all”. The comments come following adoption of the European Commission‘s ‘ReFuelEU’ proposal concerning accelerating SAF usage.

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