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Swiss is to become the first airline to use solar aviation fuel to help power its flights.
Swiss and its parent company, the Lufthansa Group, have partnered with synthetic fuel group Synhelion to use its solar fuel.
Swiss-based Synhelion, which is a spinoff from the Swiss Institute of Technology, has developed a technology for manufacturing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable energy sources. Synhelion has developed a technology for manufacturing SAF from renewable energy sources.
Swiss CEO Dieter Vranckx said “We are proud that Swiss will be the first airline in the world to fly with solar kerosene.
“Our team-up with Synhelion is founded on our shared vision to make carbon-neutral flying in regular flight operations possible through the use of solar fuel,” he added.
According to a statement by the airline, when combusted the solar fuel will only produce as much carbon dioxide as went into its manufacture, helping to cut aviation emissions.
The airline added that it will substantially increase its use of sustainable aviation fuels in the next few years, but notes that alternatives will be required “in view of the limited availability of biofuels”.