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Helsinki Citycopter is committed to offering its Nordic customers exclusive flights with ACH130 aircraft while taking the first steps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
The first two ACH130 aircraft acquired by Helsinki Citycopter have just landed in Finland and are the cause of the celebration for many reasons. Above all, it is the fulfillment of the company’s viability in its commitment to combine exclusive private flights with its environmental responsibilities.
“We are a young company founded in 2020, and our commitment to the sustainable development of future generations is part of DNA,” says Joonas Nurmi, CCO, the founder of Helsinki Citycopter. “That’s why we’re starting to use Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in our new ACH130 aircraft as the first helicopter company in Northern Europe.”
Helsinki Citycopter will start replacing fossil aviation fuels with sustainable aviation fuel at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. In the first phase, the helicopter company will undertake to replace 10% of its annual refueling with a mixture of approximately 38% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and 62% fossil aviation fuel.
SAF 100% from renewable waste and residual raw materials
In fact, every Airbus helicopter is certified to fly with up to 50% SAF blend in the fuel, allowing operators to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and maintain their flight performance completely identical to traditional kerosene. Although SAF is currently more expensive and more difficult to obtain than kerosene, the supply of this biofuel is expected to increase as demand increases and supply chains become more efficient as a result.
“Neste has been supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport since April 2021,” says Tuomas Kulola, Neste’s Director of B2B Sales, Marketing and Services. “Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is made from a mixture of renewable and sustainable waste and residual raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste.”
Pioneers in the sustainable development of Scandinavian aviation
“Our new helicopters offer a memorable travel experience for both corporate and private customers. Regardless of the airports, the helicopters also complement the blind spots in the Finnish aviation network, as flights to certain areas have been reduced and several airports have been closed, says Captain Ari Kallinen, one of the founding members of Helsinki Citycopter. The philosophy of the young company is that it will be able to offer more sustainable flights, as its first commitment to SAF is currently the most effective way to reduce CO2 emissions in commercial aviation.
“The ACH130 is not only efficient, safe and stable, but it consumes less fuel in terms of distance and number of passengers than a medium-sized motorboat,” Nurmi adds. “This investment is indeed in line with our sustainable development strategy for carbon neutrality. We are the only airline to be awarded the Sustainable Travel Finland label, and the goal of these two new helicopters is to further reduce flight emissions.
The choice of the ACH130 is also committed to reducing the noise level and noise pollution of its flights. In fact, the ACH130 flies 6 dB below ICAO limits, meaning it is quieter than the strictest limits set by the US Grand Canyon National Park – a recognized benchmark for eco-tourism.
This story was prepared and distributed by Airbus.