VM 13: Climate action
At Air Greenland, we are very aware of the impact we have on the climate. We are always looking to make our production more climate-friendly, and with every new choice to be made, sustainability weighs heavily.
This was also the case when we had to choose the type of helicopter that was to replace our fleet of B212s that have flown in Greenland since 1980. The choice fell on the EC155, which is a faster engine, with less fuel consumption.
A new, more environmentally friendly fleet
Aviation is one of the industries in the world that emits the most CO2. That is why it is important for us to always look for more sustainable alternatives. And the fleet, which is where emissions are really felt, is absolutely central to the fact that new machines are more efficient and less emitting than their predecessors.
In addition, we are cutting back on the number of types. When we first started our fleet renewal in 2010, with the shift from Dash 7 to Dash 8, we had 11 different types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft - today we are down to 6.
Among the recent choices is when we replaced our S61 SAR helicopter with the EC225. This is followed by, as previously mentioned, B212, which will be phased out in 2022 and replaced by EC155.
We have also replaced our King Air with a newer model of the same type, and by the end of 2022 we look forward to welcoming our new, state-of-the-art Airbus.
Tuukkaq – Airbus 330-800neo
The new Airbus, which will replace our well-known Norsaq, is completely fresh from the factory. This means that it is built with the latest technology, which makes the flight between Greenland and Denmark safer and more stable.
The Tuukkaq, as the machine will be called, has room for more passengers without sacrificing comfort. The machine comes with 305 seats divided into the two classes Premium and Standard, and the entire customer experience is carefully tailored so that design, comfort and entertainment are of the highest standard.
As with the rest of the fleet renewal, this machine has less fuel consumption. We get a CO2 emission that is at least 15% lower per. passengers than we have at Norsaq.
SAF – Sustainable aviation fuel
An important difference from Norsaq is the new engines that come on Tuukkaq. These will be able to fly on SAF, which is a type of fuel produced from biomaterial, and will be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% through its life cycle, right from production, until it is used during the flight.
In addition to fleet renewal, we have in fact also put a ticket into completely new and revolutionary technology in aviation.
Electric planes will taxi between Ilulissat and Ilimanaq
As something completely new, we have signed a letter of intent with the company Avolon.
With the declaration of intent, we have entered into a collaboration, which can ultimately result in us buying a VX4 eVTOL electric aircraft.
The electric plane will be able to transport passengers over a distance of 160 km, and is thus obvious to use in the Disco area, where we will be able to fly them from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq.
The electric vehicle is quiet, and can land and take off vertically like a helicopter. With this aircraft in the fleet, our passengers and guests at Ilimanaq Lodge can thus look forward to a completely sustainable journey, from the time they land with the Atlantic pilot directly in Ilulissat, and until they have to leave again.