Oslo Airport has become the first international hub to offer jet biofuel on regular delivery to airlines, according to Norway's airport authority, Avinor.

Air BP is supplying the fuel and Lufthansa, KLM and the Scandinavian carrier SAS have signed purchase agreements on the product, which became available at Olso airport on Friday.

"We are extremely pleased that we can offer jet biofuel at Oslo Airport," Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen said in prepared comments. "This is in line with climate objectives set by both Avinor and the aviation sector. We hope that this will inspire other airports to follow suit, so that we can all work towards a common goal of climate-neutral aviation."

At present, airlines will pay more for biofuel than they pay for ordinary jet fuel. Users, however, do get tax breaks within Norway and flights operated with biofuel don't count against the European Union quota system on greenhouse gas emissions.

Still, the project is starting small. Thus far, BP and Oslo Airport have a delivery agreement on 330,000 gallons of fuel. That would fill just four Airbus A380s.

"The goal is to gradually increase this volume in the years to come and establish regular commercial delivery of jet biofuel to Oslo Airport," Avinor said. "Air BP has ambitions of becoming a pioneer in delivering biofuel to the aviation sector and the collaboration with Avinor is viewed as an important step in the right direction."
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