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Finnair Flies First ‘Push for Change’ Biofuel Flights

The Finnish flag-carrier flew its first biofuel flight backed by its “Push For Change” carbon decreasing initiative this week on August 5th and will fly its second on August 7th. The Finnair flights departing San Francisco Airport bound for Helsinki, Finland, will be flown with a biofuel mix of 12 per cent, reducing the total CO2 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons.

“The launch of our Push for Change initiative was an important step for Finnair in order to provide our customers with the opportunity to conveniently offset or decrease the emissions from their travel,” said Arja Suominen, SVP, Communications & Corporate Responsibility at Finnair.

“We have been pleased with the early phases of the initiative so far and we are now excited to move forward and fly our two first biofuel flights supported entirely by the Push for Change contributions. We naturally hope that customers will be increasingly willing and interested in using the service in the future as well.”

Finnair’s biofuel partners in San Francisco are SkyNRG and World Energy; Shell Aviation has provided logistics and supply chain support for the project. The sustainable biofuel is produced from used cooking oil in California, which does not compete with food production or the agriculture industry.

Flights flown by Finnair with biofuel are determined by the uptake of the service by Finnair customers. To support biofuel flights, Finnair customers can purchase biofuel via Finnair’s Push for Change service available on Finnair web pages, which can also be paid for with Finnair Plus frequent flyer points. The biofuel available for sale comes in 10, 20 or 65 euros, to reduce the emissions of a return flight in Finland, return flight within Europe, or a return intercontinental flight respectively.

Finnair customers can also choose to support a CO2 emission reduction project by making offset payments of 1 euro for a return flight within Finland, 2 euros for a return flight within Europe, and 6 euros for a return intercontinental flight. The charges are based on the average emissions and costs of reducing a CO2 ton within the project. The payments are transferred to the project in full through NEFCO.

Finnair also offsets the CO2 emissions of its own personnel’s duty travel through the CO2 emission reduction project.

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