In an industry first, Victor, an award-winning jet charter broker and boutique airline AirGO, which specialises in the sales, management and charter of mono fleets, has announced a partnership which will see the introduction of ‘opt-out’ Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) into the standard pricing structure. A new quotation format will promote the use of SAF and allow customers to ‘opt-out’ of the programme, rather than requiring them to ‘opt-in’ at the end of the transaction. The AirGO-Victor initiative will apply to all AirGO flights booked via Victor’s transparent marketplace and will mean the cost of SAF is incorporated into the total price of the charter. The partnership uses AirGO’s SAF Book & Claim model, developed in partnership with CO2 offsetting specialist Compensaid and powered by Lufthansa. If customers do not wish to contribute to the use of CO2-neutral synthetic aviation fuel, they are able to actively opt-out of the programme. The partnership aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of a journey at the point of quotation, prompting longer term consumer behaviour change and facilitating flyers in reducing their emissions on every flight possible. Since the launch of the partnership in February 2022, 100% of all Victor customers flying with AirGO have chosen to take the opt-in SAF quotation. With SAF’s capability of reducing lifecycle carbon emissions by 80%, the partnership has reduced the lifecycle carbon emissions of each AirGO flight by 1.34 tonnes on average1.
Toby Edwards, Co-CEO at Victor, comments: “At Victor, we believe in a better way to fly, and part of this mission is to make it easier for our clients to reduce their carbon emissions when they choose to charter an aircraft. This innovative new partnership with AirGO, a company I’ve worked with for nearly a decade, is perfectly aligned with our vision. Just like Victor, AirGO is passionate about transparency, particularly around disclosing the carbon emissions of each flight. This joint initiative allows Victor clients to easily compare the fuel-efficient Piaggio Avanti with SAF included in the charter price, sideby-side with other more carbon intensive options, which we can already see is driving better consumer Daniela Flierl, Managing Director at AirGO, stated: “By partnering with Victor, we are acknowledging the role we businesses must play to secure the sustainable future of both our industry and our planet, and we are seeking to prompt individuals to make more environmentally conscious choices. The most common carbon offsetting schemes available today promote afforestation and renewable energy programmes which ‘cancel out’ or minimise the damage caused by carbon emissions. The issue with these approaches is that they have a delayed impact – and we all know that’s not enough. By comparison, the use of SAF results in an immediate reduction in carbon emissions. While of course the industry has a long way to go, this project is a first step towards normalising the need to make sustainable choices when travelling.”
Since 2018, Victor has been on a long-term journey to lead the private aviation industry through the next phase of innovation to a more environmentally responsible future. Every Victor flight is 200% carbon offset as standard, as part of the company’s award-winning approach to climate action. True to the company’s core value of transparency, Victor publishes its CO2 emissions and reduction measures annually, and every Victor charter quote is labelled with its carbon impact, including fuel burn, CO2 emissions, and mitigation, allowing customers to make informed decisions to reduce their carbon footprint. As part of Victor’s ongoing commitment to transparency, its 2021 carbon impact report has recently been published which can be found on the website here. Victor is the first on-demand jet charter broker to have its annual flights, emissions and carbon credits formally verified by a third-party auditor (Cooper Parry). Chosen projects for 2021, in partnership Vertis, were Gold Standard or Voluntary Carbon Standard accredited.
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Victor is a leading on-demand jet charter platform, enabling flyers to search, compare and book private air travel quickly, efficiently and with confidence. Launched in 2011, the company has rewritten the jet charter rulebook with a fully transparent, subscription-free, globally ‘on-demand’ marketplace which combines smart technology with high-touch customer service. Access to more than 7,000 aircraft via a global network of 200 partner operators means that any private aviation requirement can be expertly fulfilled, with the support of Victor’s specialist services for group travel, corporates, sports, medical, and music & entertainment. Victor is the world’s first carbon negative aviation company. Every Victor flight is 200% carbon offset as a standard, as part of the company’s award-winning approach to climate action.
Founded in 1998, AirGO is a boutique airline which specialises in the sales, management, and charter of mono fleets. The company is the largest management company for private and corporate owned Avanti aircraft in Europe and is deeply committed to sustainability. The company is the first business aviation operator to offer a fuel offsetting scheme to compensate the amount of fossil fuel used for a flight with non-fossil sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In addition, AirGO participates in the European Business Aviation Association’s (EBAA) “Fuelling the Future” initiative and has taken a pledge with The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel to drive sustainability within the sector.