Despite his busy schedule which involves overseeing more than 90 locations, Patrick Perra, manager general aviation, Nordics, managed to spare some time to tell us what Air BP has been doing in the region to achieve a lower carbon future.
You joined Air BP in May 2017 from your role as head of fuel management at SAS, how has working on the airline side benefitted you in your current role?
Working with SAS has certainly given me a better understanding of the complexities airlines face when purchasing fuel at different airports in different countries. But of course our general aviation customers require a different kind of support to our commercial airline customers, which is something I’ve been able to adapt to because of my background in the aviation fuel sector.
Which countries do you cover and how many Air BP locations come under your remit?
The Nordic team oversees operations at more than 90 locations across Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the Faroe Islands, Bornholm – the Danish island in the Baltic Sea - and the beautiful islands of Greenland. But we are always looking to grow our network in the region.
There are so many beautiful locations, it’s impossible to pick a favourite, but the hubs located along Norway’s coastline are some of the most stunning you can fly into.
Nordic countries are pioneers in decarbonising energy systems, can you tell us what Air BP is doing in the region to achieve a lower carbon future?
We are constantly exploring how we can supply Jet A-1 that is not based on 100% fossil fuels. We have been supplying our BP Biojet product in the Nordics since 2014 at around 10 airports and are confident we’ll be supplying it at even more locations in the coming months.
For customers with piston engine aircrafts, we also supply UL91, which doesn't include lead. It’s suitable for the majority of aircraft that currently refuel with Avgas. In Denmark and Sweden UL91 has a lower tax than Avgas 100LL, so is competitively priced.
Earlier on this month, Air BP also announced its collaboration with Finnish-based Neste – a leading producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues – to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel.
What are the challenges the industry is facing in the Nordics?
The industry is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, so reducing the fossil fuels found in jet fuel is something we are all consistently working on.
We have also noticed an increase in the use of MoGas, (a motor vehicle gas) which general aviation aircraft owners sometimes use instead of Avgas. However, it is not approved for aviation use and there are a number of issues with using it to refuel aircraft, which can include engine damage. So, I would like to see a collaborative effort across the industry to reduce its use.