Italy’s Milan Linate Airport, which is operated by Milano Prime and SEA Prime, became the first Italian business aviation airport to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the end of December 2021.
The SAF supplied to the airport is produced by Eni and allows a typical reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of more than 90% compared to traditional fossil fuel. Sirio SpA, which operates aircraft maintenance and management services at the business aviation hub carried out the first refuelling of Jet A1 + Eni SAF on its fleet of business jets on 22 December. It is now SEA Prime’s objective to make the supply of SAF widely available to all business aviation operators refuelling at its Milan Linate facility.
SEA Group’s sustainability strategy and efforts to reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions within its airports has already seen the group achieve 4+ Transition certifification from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The most recent actions implemented by the SEA Group, such as the replacement of passenger shuttles and operational vehicles with new electric vehicles and the future construction at Malpensa of a first green hydrogen plant, characterise the strategies of the Milan airports of Linate and Malpensa towards achieving the Net Zero goal by 2030.
In addition, a recent agreement with Skyports, which specialises in the design and management of vertiports, for the construction of a platform for electric aircraft suitable for urban mobility is also a further step in this direction.
“We are really glad to have reached a new milestone for Milano Prime. The decarbonisation of our sector is certainly a priority for SEA Prime and for the SEA Group as evidenced by all the initiatives implemented to date and we trust that availability of SAF in Italy will increase to respond to the ever-increasing demand from business aviation operators who want to achieve sustainability objectives,” declared Chiara Dorigotti, Chief Executive Officer of SEA Prime.
“This is just the beginning of aviation sustainability solutions and a starting point towards direct emission reduction, ” added Sirio CEO, Tom Engelhard. “We will continue to be at the forefront of projects supporting sustainable flying, both now and into the future.”