This week on Tuesday 14th September the first visit of the British Airways Airbus A320neo G-TTNA msn 8108 in Better World livery to Dublin Airport occurred. The aircraft was operating BAW838 touching down at 1950 local and departing next day as BAW831 at 0751 local.

Earlier the same day the aircraft made history operating BAW1476 from London Heathrow to Glasgow Airport , became the airline’s first ever passenger flight to be powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with the remaining emissions produced by the flight offset. The airline teamed up with Heathrow, air traffic service provider NATS, fuel giant bp, Glasgow Airport and Airbus to operate the short carbon neutral flight.

The aircraft was ferried from London Heathrow to Ostrava for painting on 25th August as BAW9271 returning on 6th September as BAW9272.

According to Flightradar24 the aircraft has been deployed on a mix of domestic and medium haul routes from its London Heathrow base to Amman, Athens, Funchal,Geneva, Larnaca, Munich, Nice, Santorini and Tenerife South. 

The Better World livery as part of a partnership with aircraft manufacturer Airbus and  marks the launch of its new sustainability programme, from reducing emissions and waste and positively contributing to the communities it serves, to creating a great place for people to work in order to build a resilient, responsible business.

British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group recently committed to operating 10% of its flights using SAF by 2030.

Airbus Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications Julie Kitcher said “We’re delighted to be partnering with BA on this journey and feel proud BA has chosen one of our A320neos to highlight the importance of sustainability for the future of the industry.  The aircraft has 20% less fuel burn & CO2 emissions compared to A320ceo and 50% less noise so it’s a great choice and I am looking forward to seeing the new livery in the sky.” 

British Airways CEO & Chairman Sean Doyle said “With BA Better World we’re on our most important journey yet – to a better, more sustainable future and one which will ensure the long-term success of our business. We’re clear that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the planet and have a detailed plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, including investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft, improving our operational efficiency and investing in the development of sustainable aviation fuel and zero emissions aircraft. 

It is only through working in partnership with Government and industry that we’ll be able to reach our targets and I’m delighted that, thanks to our new collaboration with bp, we’re able to source enough sustainable aviation fuel with respect to all our flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during COP26, substantially reducing the emissions associated with taking our customers to and from COP26 by up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel. This commitment for COP26 is in addition to the mandatory carbon trading we already operate in the UK and our own further voluntary carbon offsetting of our UK domestic flights.” 

BA Better World Livery A320 

BA Perfect Flight Airbus A320neo 

Image courtesy of Elevationair

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