Austrian Airlines, the flag carrier of Austria, has started receiving deliveries of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from Vienna-based oil and gas company OMV.

Under a supply contract that was signed at the end of 2021, SAF was delivered at the Vienna International Airport to fuel Austrian Airlines’ aircraft.

The partnership between OMV and Austrian Airlines is expected to transform Austria into an innovation hub.

OMV Marketing and Trading executive officer Elena Skvortsova said: “OMV is implementing numerous measures to achieve its ambitious strategic sustainability goals, and SAF plays a key role in our transformation.

“We are planning to increase sales of SAF from our own production from approximately 2,000mt this year to more than 700,000mt per year by 2030. With this, we address the reduction of greenhouse gases.

“The first milestone is already achieved with the delivery of SAF to our longstanding partner, Austrian Airlines. Through this cooperation, we demonstrate the strength of two national champions, OMV and Austrian Airlines, which further solidifies Austria as an innovation hub.”

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The SAF supplied by OMV is produced at its Schwechat refinery, which is claimed to be the largest and most complex inland refinery in Europe.

OMV’s SAF is produced by co-processing sustainable and regional raw materials, specifically used cooking oil.

The company claims that SAF helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 80% over the entire life cycle in comparison to conventional jet fuel.

Austrian Airlines chief commercial officer Michael Trestl said: “Aviation will continue to connect people and societies around the world. SAFs are a key lever for making transport and connectivity carbon-neutral.

“As the first Austrian airline, we are already fuelling our aircraft with SAF, bringing us a step closer to meet our climate goals.”