Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir has fuelled its newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner with biofuel on the post-delivery return flight.
The 787 Dreamliner, which was delivered under a lease agreement with AerCap, was fuelled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) under a new Boeing programme that offers operators the option to use sustainable fuel for the flight home.
“We are committed to the sustainable growth of our airline and supporting commercial aviation’s efforts to protect the environment,” said Ahmed Adel, chairman and CEO of EgyptAir. “The 787-9 Dreamliner is a great fit for our network and provides our customers with a responsible choice for air travel.”
The design of the 787 Dreamliner has been optimised to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 20-25% compared to the aircraft it replaces.
Since entering service in 2011, the Dreamliner family of aircraft has saved 37 billion pounds of fuel, equal to removing 10 million cars from the road over a year.
“We are delighted to support EgyptAir’s fleet renewal strategy and to be a part of this important industry-first milestone,” added Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap. “The 787 Dreamliner is a perfect choice for EgyptAir, allowing the airline to reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25% while meeting its sustainable growth ambitions, as well as supporting AerCap’s target to transition its fleet to over two-thirds new technology aircraft by 2021.”
On the flight back to Cairo, EgyptAir became the first carrier to use a new Boeing programme that offers operators the option to use biofuel on delivery flights.
The 10,973km flight from Seattle to Cairo represents the longest 787 delivery flight using SAF.
“Boeing and the industry believe sustainable fuel has significant long-term potential to help commercial aviation earn its license to keep growing and meet our climate goals,” said Sheila Remes, vice-president of strategy at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The biofuels used to fuel the EgyptAir return flight was produced by World Energy at its refinery in California. The fuel is made from agricultural waste and is certified for commercial use.
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