Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has received its latest passenger aircraft from the US via a delivery flight that was powered with a blend of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The brand new Boeing 777-300ER was flown from Boeing’s facility in Washington, US to Japan, using SAF made from waste gas derived ethanol from ethanol. The success of the flight confirms ANA’s efforts towards increased sustainability and alternative fuel sources.
The airline worked with LanzaTech, which produced the ethanol derived SAF, to inspect the quality of the fuel, as well as to ensure transport and blending of the fuel for loading onto the aircraft.
"We are very excited by the success of the delivery flight, not just because we have added a new aircraft to our fleet but also because it represents an important milestone in our efforts to establish higher standards for ecologically conscious travel," said Yutaka Ito, executive vice-president of ANA. "Our decision to prioritize the use of sustainable aviation fuels closely aligns with our vision of a world where companies proactively respond to calls for environmentally-friendly leadership. This important flight provides the insight we need to increase the use of alternative energy sources and is just one of many steps ANA is taking to meet the ambitious sustainable development goals that we have set."
Earlier this year, ANA purchased 70,000 gallons of SAF to use on commercial flights from San Francisco in the US to Tokyo in Japan, which led to a reduction of the airline’s carbon footprint. The company also signed an offtake agreement with LanzaTech, enabling the airline to purchase SAF.
ANA was also recently selected by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to develop integrated production technology for SAF and bring it to market. The airline will conduct studies on the production and commercialisation of LanzaTech’s SAF and will work with Mitsui & Co and JXTG Energy on the project.
The partners are aiming to develop a supply chain for SAF as part of a process that strives to achieve large-scale commercial production of the sustainable fuel in Japan, with ANA providing detailed research on the impact of fuels developed through the collaboration.
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