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First flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel on a regional commercial aircraft

ATR made this announcement:

Today, June 21, regional aircraft manufacturer ATR, Swedish airline BRA-Braathens Regional Airlines and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplier Neste collaborated to enable the first ever 100% SAF-powered test flight on a commercial regional aircraft.

When used in neat form Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ reduces greenhouse gas emissions over its life cycle by up to 80%* compared to fossil jet fuel use.*.

This historic test flight took place in Sweden and is part of the 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) certification process of ATR aircraft that started in September 2021 in cooperation with Braathens and Neste and should be completed by 2025. It has been the latest in a series of successful ground and flight tests on the ATR 72-600 prototype aircraft performed at the beginning of 2022, including flights with 100% SAF in one engine, and today it was the first time it was done with 100% SAF in two engines.

Achieving this milestone was also made possible by Swedavia enabling the SAF to be uplifted to the ATR aircraft at Malmo airport and Pratt & Whitney, closely working together with ATR and Braathens in the preparations of this milestone flight.

Chief ATR pilot Cyril Cizabuiroz, Jean-Pierre Marre, co-pilot, and Pascal Daussin, Flight Test Mechanic, flew the Braathens’ aircraft from Malmo a coastal city in southern Sweden to Bromma near Stockholm, which took around 1 hour and 20 minutes. The results of today’s flight will be analysed and released at a later date.

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ATR, Braathens and Neste gear up for first ever 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel flight

Historical flight will take place shortly in Sweden:

It will be the first ever 100% SAF flight on a commercial aircraft. The aircraft will fly from Malmö to Bromma Airport.

In the video below ATR Propulsion Systems Specialists Romain Pomier and Tanya Matova explain to us what Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is and discuss the different steps leading to this milestone Braathens flight.

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ATR successfully performs test flights with 100% SAF in one engine

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has announced that it has successfully performed a series of ground and flight tests on its ATR 72-600 prototype aircraft, cumulating seven flight hours with 100 % Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in one engine. The aircraft was powered by Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ produced from 100% renewable waste and residues raw materials, such as used cooking oil.

These tests are part of the 100% SAF certification process of ATR aircraft. In September 2021, ATR announced a collaboration with Braathens Regional Airlines and Neste to accelerate this certification. The three companies are working closely together, targeting a demonstration flight in 2022 on a Braathens Regional Airlines’ ATR aircraft. The aim is to complete the certification process of ATR aircraft for 100% SAF by 2025.

Sustainable Aviation Fuels are a key pillar of the aviation industry’s decarbonization strategy, with an immediate impact in reducing CO2 emissions. It is expected that an ATR flying on a typical regional route with 100% SAF in both engines would reduce CO2 emissions by 82%.

ATR and BRA-Braathens Regional Airlines partner with Neste to accelerate 100% SAF certification

BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEN (SE-MKG) (msn 1354) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 935323.

ATR has made this announcement:

As part of its commitment to meet the challenges of decarbonization of the aviation industry, Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA), turboprop manufacturer ATR and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste will partner to achieve the collective aim of accelerating the certification of 100% SAF of ATR aircraft to fly with 100% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ – a key pillar of the industry’s decarbonization strategy, which has an immediate impact in reducing CO2 emissions.

The companies aim to show a demonstration flight in 2022, with one of Braathens Regional Airlines’ ATR aircraft flying with 100% SAF in one engine and 50% SAF in the other, for an anticipated emissions reduction of 64%. It is expected that an ATR flying with 100% sustainable aviation fuel in both engines would reduce CO2 emissions by 82%, if it were flying one of Braathens Regional Airlines’ typical routes. This collaboration follows the successful Perfect Flight venture in 2019 in which every aspect of a BRA ATR flight was optimized, including the use of a 50% SAF blend. This led to a saving of 46% of CO2 emissions, compared to a standard flight.

ATR, as the most sustainable on the market, burning up to 40% less fuel and emitting up to 40% less CO2 than a similarly sized regional jet, is the ideal aircraft on which to deploy 100% SAF. Today, with no SAF on board, if ATR aircraft replaced every regional jet departing from Sweden, nearly 32,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved, for a reduction in CO2 emissions of 42%.These eco-credentials were validated when the aircraft became the first-ever to become eligible for Green Financing in 2019, when Braathens Regional Airlines modernized their fleet with ATR aircraft replacing aging, regional jets.

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Top Copyright Photo: BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEN (SE-MKG) (msn 1354) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 935323.

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BRA to start the Gothenburg – Aarhus route on September 27

BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) SE-MKG (msn 1354) BMA (Stefan Sjögren). Image: 949203.

BRA – Braathens Regional Airlines is planning to start the Gothenburg – Aarhus route on September 27, 2021.

Aarhus (below) is the second largest city in Denmark.

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Top Copyright Photo: BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) SE-MKG (msn 1354) BMA (Stefan Sjögren). Image: 949203.

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BRA to enter the Danish market

Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) is entering the Danish market with new routes from Aarhus.

The company made this announcement:

On September 27, 2021 the route between Gothenburg-Aarhus starts.

We will also offer trips from Bromma-Stockholm City Airport with a short stopover in Gothenburg to Aarhus.

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BRA files for debt restructuring

BRA-Braathens Regional Airlines, which suspended operations from April 6 to May 31, has also filed in the district court for company reconstruction also on April 6.

The airline issued this statement:

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BRA to suspend operations until May 31

BRA (Braathens Regional Airlines) has announced it will suspend operations from April 6 to May 31.

The airline made this announcement:

We at BRA have done everything we can to maintain our air traffic for Sweden and for our customers. In the last week we have struggled with only a few flights, but with the sharp call of the government and the Public Health Authority to the Swedish population not to travel within the country makes us have no customers left who fly with us and therefore need to further adapt our traffic to the new conditions.

We at BRA have therefore decided to pause all our flight departures between April 6 and May 31, 2020. We are really sad about how this affects you, but power collects and really want to thank all of you who struggle and believe in us !! Your support is warming in this strange time.

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BRA leases Embraer 190 D-ACJJ from WDL Aviation for expansion

BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) (WDL Aviation) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR D-ACJJ (msn 19000114) BMA (Stefan Sjögren). Image: 949938.

BRA-Braathens Regional Airlines (Stockholm-Bromma) is expanding. This spring, BRA is expanding  with more international destinations.

BRA will Ffy directly from Stockholm Bromma to Oslo/Torp, Tallinn and Riga and to Berlin from Gothenburg and Malmö.

Bromma (BMA) is the downtown airport for Stockholm.

BRA has partnered with Finnair. BRA customers using the loyalty program receive points on all journeys with BRA and its partner Finnair. The points can be used to for travel – domestically and worldwide on Finnair routes.

To fuel the expansion BRA has wet leased the pictured Embraer ERJ 190-100LR D-ACJJ (msn 19000114) from WDL Aviation.

D-ACJJ (top) is pictured arriving at BMA on February 2, 2020.

Copyright Photo: BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) (WDL Aviation) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR D-ACJJ (msn 19000114) BMA (Stefan Sjögren). Image: 949938.

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BRA – Braathens Regional Airlines to phase out its Avros with ATR turboprops

SE-DSO retired on December 19, 2018 - All Avro jets to be retired by 2020

BRA – Braathens Regional Airlines is facing a difficult decision concerning its declining Avro (BAe)  jet fleet.

BRA is a virtual brand. The Avro aircraft are actually operated by Braathens Regional Airways AB (formerly Golden Air and Braathens Regional), which is a Norwegian-owned Swedish airline with its head office in Trollhättan.

Due to declining passengers in the Swedish domestic market, the company has announced to its employees, it will phase out its two Avro RJ85s and eight Avro RJ100s by 2020. The jets will be replaced with additional and more fuel-efficient ATR turboprops. The Avro jets have become too expensive to operate.

At least 363 employees will lose their jobs with the transition according to Dagens Industri.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): SE-DSO was retired on December 19, 2018, the first to be retired. BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) Avro (BAe) RJ100 SE-DSO (msn E3221) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 944992.

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