Thomson Airways will become the ‘first’ UK airline to use biofuel when it begins operating a flight a week from Birmingham Airport next month, using the sustainable alternative to fossil fuel.
SkyNRG will supply the fuel which is made from used cooking oil. It recently began supplying KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which became the first in the world to use biofuel on a flight from Amsterdam to Paris carried 171 passengers.
Thomson will begin using the fuel from 28 July. Current plans are to use the fuel for the next 12 months in flights from Birmingham to Palma in the summer, and from Birmingham to Alicante in the winter.
According to SkyNRG, due to the commercial viability of sustainable fuel, Thomson Airways will extend the use of biofuel across its plane fleet over the next three years.
Thomson Airways environmental manager Deidre Kotze said: “Sustainability is key to this investment. SkyNRG’s robust approach on this matter played a big role in giving them our confidence.”
SkyNRG’s managing director Dirk Kronemeijer said: “We have tried to make the entry barrier for airlines to embrace this new fuel era as low as possible. Being selected as supplier for Thomson Airways is therefore a big deal for us as it proves that we are on the right track to help create this industry.”