Home >> Travel & Tourism

Aim for 1 Billion Passengers to Fly on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights by 2025

Tuesday, February 27, 2018/ Editor -  


Home >> Travel & Tourism
Dubai, UAE, February 27, 2018:   The International Air transport Association (IATA) set out an aim  for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. This aspiration was identified on the tenth anniversary of the first flight to blend sustainable aviation fuel and ordinary jet fuel.
On 24 February 2008, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam with sustainable aviation fuel in one of its engines. The flight demonstrated the viability of drop-in biofuels, which can be blended with traditional jet fuel, using existing airport infrastructure. A flight completely powered by sustainable fuel has the potential to reduce the carbon emissions of that flight by up to 80%.
“The momentum for sustainable aviation fuels is now unstoppable. From one flight in 2008, we passed the threshold of 100,000 flights in 2017, and we expect to hit one million flights during 2020. But that is still just a drop in the ocean compared to what we want to achieve. We want 1 billion passengers to have flown on a SAF-blend flight by 2025. That won’t be easy to achieve. We need governments to set a framework to incentivize production of SAF and ensure it is as attractive to produce as automotive biofuels,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
The push to increase uptake of SAF is being driven by the airline industry’s commitment to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and to cut net carbon emissions by 50% compared to 2005. A number of airlines, including Cathay Pacific, FedEx Express, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Qantas, and United, have made significant investments by forward-purchasing 1.5 billion gallons of SAF. Airports in Oslo, Stockholm, Brisbane and Los Angeles are already mixing SAF with the general fuel supply. On the present uptake trajectory it is anticipated that half a billion passengers will have flown on a SAF-blend powered flight by 2025. But if governments, through effective policy, help the sustainable fuel industry to scale-up its production, it is possible that one billion passengers could experience an
SAF flight by 2025. The steps needed to deliver this include:
  • Allowing SAF to compete with automotive biofuels through equivalent or magnified incentives
  • Loan guarantees and capital grants for production facilities
  • Supporting SAF demonstration plants and supply chain research and development
  • Harmonized transport and energy policies, coordinated with the involvement of agriculture and military departments.
Acknowledging that some sources of biofuels for land transport have been criticized for their environmental credentials, de Juniac emphasized strongly the determination of the industry to only use truly sustainable sources for its alternative fuels.
“The airline industry is clear, united and adamant that we will never use a sustainable fuel that upsets the ecological balance of the planet or depletes its natural resources,” he said.

Previous in Travel & Tourism

Next in Travel & Tourism

Home >> Travel & Tourism Section

Latest Press Release

Malabar Group's Mall of Travancore to go on stream- Hon. Kerala Chief Minister t ...

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Inaugurates SIKK ...

Samsung Mother's Day Blurbs 2018

Emirates set to close US$600 million Sukuk

Significant Step Forward in the Digitization of the Dangerous Goods Supply Chain

Digitization, Trade Facilitation, Safety and People Development Top Agenda at WC ...

IATA Innovates Dangerous Goods Handling

Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet Food Fest returns back to City Walk

Nissan powers Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for 15th year

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Opens Dubai International Arabi ...

Join the UAEs first Women's Warrior Challenge.

Milan-san Remo a Dream Target as Uae Team Emirates Announce Super-seven Line Up

Nissan's e-POWER technology wins environmental award

Etihad Airways and Uae National Special Olympics Team Welcome Kuwait Special Oly ...

Al Naboodah Group Enterprises awarded the most Sustainable Business Model at the ...

Top Perfume Picks for Mother's Day @

Raymond Weil introduces the Maestro Blues

2XL launches “Caspar” living room collection in grey

GMC sets a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in partnership with Abu Dhabi Police

TAG Heuer Continues its Automotive Legacy On & Off the Track with 3 New Contempo ...