Emirates expands collaboration with Neste for SAF supply
The sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which will be blended with conventional jet fuel, will be supplied over the course of the two years for Emirates’ flights departing from Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi airports.
Emirates’ expanded partnership with Neste represents the largest volume of SAF to be uplifted of any airline based in the Middle East and Africa to date. The blended SAF will be comprised of over one million gallons of neat SAF.
Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates airline, said: “Today’s announcement is a milestone for Emirates and represents the acceleration of SAF procurement for our operations. It’s also one of the many initiatives we are focused on to reduce our carbon emissions, which includes operating fuel-efficient aircraft, stepping up our fleet renewal from 2024, in addition to driving operational fuel efficiency.”
Alexander Kueper, vice-president EMEA from the Renewable Aviation business unit at Neste, said: “Sustainable aviation fuel is a readily available solution for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from air travel.”
Earlier this year, Emirates, in partnership with Neste and other industry stakeholders, successfully completed the first 100% SAF-powered demonstration flight in the region, utilising a Boeing 777-300ER operating on 100% SAF in one engine.
The airline has made significant strides along with its industry partners around the technical analysis and certification requirements that support standardization and future approval of 100% SAF flying.
The airline’s first flight powered by SAF blended with jet fuel took place in 2017 from Chicago. Since then, the airline has also uplifted SAF for flights from Stockholm, and currently operates flights from Paris, Lyon and Oslo with blended SAF.