Air France-KLM Group is very proud to announce that it has made its first long-haul flight on biofuel this Tuesday. In fact, flight AF342, which allowed an Airbus A350 to connect Paris with Montreal, was delivered with part of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (or SAF) or Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
Sustainable fuel for long-haul flights
Specifically, it is an “organic” fuel that Total produces from used edible oils without the use of virgin vegetable oils thanks to its biorefinery in La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhône) and its factory in Oudalle (Seine-Maritime). A fuel that should therefore better protect the environment and “embodies the joint effort of Air France, Airbus, Total and ADP to decarbonise air transport and develop a French sector for the production of sustainable air fuels”. Flight AF342 carried exactly 16% of this new sustainable fuel.
✈️⛽♻️ Sustainable Air Fuel (SAF) is a concrete way to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation. By working with key players in the industry, we can accelerate their mutual development! pic.twitter.com/msuwMwLxWc
– Total (@Total) May 18, 2021
A comprehensive test for Air France, as from next year there will be a legal requirement that planes departing from France must carry at least 1% of the biofuel. In 2030 this threshold will be raised to 5%. Of course, biofuels can be installed without having to make changes to the logistics infrastructure for storage and distribution or to aircraft or engines. To respond to this change in the law, Total will also produce sustainable biofuels for aviation from 2024.
At the same time as this operation, Airbus is conducting several series of tests to certify aircraft in flight with 100% sustainable air biofuel in the coming decades. Benjamin Smith, Air France-KLM Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Air France-KLM group has long been committed to reducing its environmental footprint. With the renewal of our fleet, sustainable aviation fuels are the most important lever in the medium term to halve our CO2 emissions per passenger / km by 2030. “