Brussels Airlines and Brussels Airport: Sustainable Aviation Fuel now by pipeline

On January 1, 2023, a Brussels Airlines plane flew to Málaga. But it was not just a flight, it was a step towards lower CO₂ emissions and more sustainable flying.

It was a maiden flight of a special kind. Because it was not inaugurating a new aircraft, but something quite different: a pipeline. From 2023, the NATO pipeline that supplies Brussels Airport with kerosene will be opened for the transport of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). These sustainable aviation fuels directly reduce CO₂ emissions and are an important milestone on the way to more sustainable aviation at Brussels Airport.

For the project, Brussels Airlines purchased over 2 million liters of aviation fuel with a high SAF content. The sustainable aviation fuel was transported on time at midnight from the blending plant in Ghent via pipeline to the fuel storage facility at Brussels Airport so that Brussels Airlines could start the new year with SAF.

Brussels Airport is the only Belgian airport to be fully supplied with kerosene via the NATO pipeline. A significant step to increase the use of more sustainable fuels in the coming years and reduce CO₂ emissions. The plans are ambitious: with 5% SAF in all fuels at the airport by 2026, Brussels Airline is four years ahead of the European targets.

SAF are an important instrument for reducing the ecological footprint and a significant component of our offers to companies to fly more sustainably. Ensuring SAF availability is therefore an important task that the airlines of the Lufthansa Group face.

Read more about the cooperation between Brussels Airlines and Brussels Airport here.

Published 09.02.2023