Wizz Air has signed up to be a member of the Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation (AZEA) – the European Commission’s voluntary organisation to promote next-generation sustainable aircraft and aviation.
The Hungarian low fares airline – which is one of the fastest growing across Europe – last week became the latest European airline to sign a deal for the long-term supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
An increasing number of airlines have signed big SAF supply deals in recent months – including Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
Wizz joins EasyJet on AZEA’s membership roster, along with Airbus and Irish aircraft leasing firm AerCap Holdings.
As a whole, AZEA aims to come up with a blueprint and roadmap to achieve net-zero across the aviation sector. Airline members, such as Wizz and EasyJet, will educate non-airline members as to the challenges that must be overcome to achieve this.
With lower fuel consumption and lower carbon footprints and larger passenger load factors, low-cost short haul carriers are viewed as being the potential leaders in aviation climate action.
Johan Eidhagen, chief people and ESG Officer of Wizz Air, said: “We are pleased to have joined AZEA, and look forward to working with its members to collaborate on the ongoing research and development required for hydrogen aircraft operations. It is imperative that all stakeholders in the aviation ecosystem – from airlines and airports to regulators and fuel providers – coordinate to ensure the infrastructure is ready for the deployment of this technology on a large scale. At Wizz Air, we remain ambitious in our sustainability strategy and are committed to invest in cutting-edge technology, paving the way to more sustainable air travel. We are and will continue to be the greenest choice of flying.”