A Lufthansa cargo aircraft took off using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time.
The Boeing 777F departed from Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday and headed to Shanghai, China, laden with SAF.
Peter Gerber, the CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, described the flight as a "milestone because it is the first flight of this kind that will have flown 100% CO2 neutral”.
By using SAF, the fossil CO2 emissions of a flight with conventional kerosene are completely avoided. This means that SAFs’ overall GHG emissions are 65-95% lower than traditional fossil-kerosene fuels.
The joint venture was organised by cargo transport and logistics firms DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo.
The two organisations have signed a joint declaration of intent to work on a Zero Carbon Emission 2050 Strategy in the future.
Last year, renewable fuel producer Neste strengthened its partnership with Lufthansa in the development of renewable aviation solutions.
The airline said it will use Neste’s SAF blended with fossil jet fuel, on flights departing from Frankfurt in Germany.
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