First Emirates flights using SAF takes off from Dubai
Emirates’ flight EK 412 bound for Sydney on 24 October was among the first to operate with SAF.
Shell has supplied 315,000 gallons of blended SAF for use at the airline’s hub in Dubai.
This first ever supply of SAF to Emirates in Dubai has enabled the airline to power a number of missions over the course of the last few weeks.
Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline, said: “We’re pushing ahead with proactive measures to enable more sustainable flying now and in the future, and powering flights from our Dubai hub is just one of the steps we’ve taken to reduce emissions and concretely help our customers minimise their own carbon footprint.
“We still have a long road ahead, and we hope that our partnership with Shell Aviation inspires more producers to address the supply gaps and make SAF readily available in major hubs like Dubai, as well as other points on our network.”
Jan Toschka, president of Shell Aviation, said: “Emirates and Shell have a long-standing history of collaboration, and we are thrilled to continue this journey together to enable SAF usage in the UAE. This first-ever supply of SAF to Emirates in Dubai is an example of what can be achieved when different parts of the aviation value chain come together.
“Our hope is that this milestone will inspire further advancements in SAF adoption throughout the aviation industry in the UAE and the wider region.”
Emirates operated the region’s first 100% SAF-powered demonstration flight in January.
The airline has been actively championing to strengthen the body of research around the industry’s understanding of SAF use in higher blends, its performance, safety and reliability, supporting standardisation and future certification of 100% SAF, which is currently not yet approved for regular commercial use.
The airline first began using SAF in 2017, when it uplifted it on a flight from Chicago, and since then, flights from Stockholm, Paris, Lyon and Oslo have also operated with blended SAF.