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Sustainable Aviation Fuel

1st March 2018

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have said that by 2025 they would like for 1 billion passengers to have travelled on flights fuelled with a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Did you know?

  • In February 2008 a Virgin Atlantic B747 flew from London to Amsterdam using sustainable fuel in one engine.
  • Over 100,000 flights have been operated on biofuel and that number is expected to reach one million by 2020.
  • In January 2018 Qantas operated the first transpacific biofuel flight from LA to Melbourne.
  • If a flight were to be completely powered by SAF it could reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%.

A number of airline carriers have already started investing in their future, and the future of our environment, by purchasing 1.5 billion gallons of SAF according to IATA. These include: Cathay Pacific, Fedex Express, Jetblue, Lufthansa, Qantas and United.

The Director General and CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, commented:

"We need governments to set a framework to incentivise production of SAF and ensure it is as attractive to produce as automotive biofuels."

 

iata.org

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