Atlas Air Worldwide has completed a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) test flight that originated at Spain’s Zaragoza Airport.
Atlas Air Flight 562 was powered by a blend of fuel containing 2.33% SAF sourced from fresh vegetable oil.
The Boeing 747-400F left Zaragoza on Monday, December 21, and arrived in Mexico City. This is believed to be the first transoceanic commercial cargo flight in Spain to include a blend of SAF and Jet A-1 fuel.
The flight’s cargo included a shipment of goods from an Atlas customer.
“Innovative sustainable aviation fuel test projects demonstrate our ability to partner with our customers and suppliers to help create a more sustainable future for the air cargo industry and global commerce,” said John Dietrich, president and chief executive officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “Through ongoing meaningful partnerships, we will drive wider acceptance and availability of SAF, which will lower costs and have a positive impact on our industry and the environment.”
The blend of fuel was transported from Madrid to Zaragoza.
Atlas Air, a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, partnered with Exolum, a subsidiary of CLH Group, and utilised its Avikor platform to implement the trial.
“One of the main targets of Avikor is to promote universally a more sustainable way to fly, offering both individuals and enterprises the possibility of using sustainable aircraft fuel which reduces fuel emissions during flights and helps to improve our planet responsibly, without sacrificing the convenience of flying,” said Andrés Suarez, global strategy and innovation lead of Grupo CLH and CEO of Exolum.
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