Air New Zealand is to welcome the first shipment of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM (SAF) ready to power the airline's fleet.
The shipment of SAF is imported into New Zealand in partnership with Z Energy.
The 1.2 million litre (937 tons) import of neat SAF is equivalent to fuelling around 400 return flights between Auckland and Wellington.
The first shipment will be used to help test and set up the supply chain for importing SAF into New Zealand.
Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said: “This is a major milestone for us. We made a commitment when we announced Flight NZ0 earlier this year to find a more sustainable way to connect with the world. Air New Zealand is already one of the most fuel-efficient airlines in the world with our modern fleet, but the future of travel relies on low-carbon air transport.
“While we are starting out small, it will help us to understand how we can ensure the supply chain is robust enough to keep up with demand. Currently, SAF only makes up less than 1% of the global fuel supply and is around three to five times the cost of fossil jet fuel, so while sourcing it is a challenge, it’s one we are tackling head on. By 2030, we expect our fleet to be fuelled by 10% SAF.”
Sami Jauhiainen, vice president APAC, Renewable Aviation at Neste, added: “Neste is fully committed to supporting the decarbonization of aviation. We have been at the forefront of accelerating the production and use of SAF, and our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is used across the globe by a growing number of airlines. I am excited that our SAF will now also be supplied to Air New Zealand in cooperation with Z Energy.”
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