Korean Air flight powered by GS Caltex SAF procured from Neste

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Used cooking oil and animal fats powered a cargo plane in test flights for the first time in Korea.
GS Caltex held a ceremony with Korean Airlines at Incheon International Airport to commemorate the test flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) - procured by GS Caltex from Finland’s Neste.
The event followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between GS Caltex and Korean Air Lines on June 29, which is part of the government’s plan to expand the application of alternative biofuels.
During the ceremony, a Korean Air cargo flight heading to Los Angeles was refuelled with SAF supplied through GS Caltex’s global value chain.
The ceremony was attended by GS Caltex executive vice-president Kim Chang-soo, Korean Air senior vice-president Cho Seong-bae, and representatives from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
“GS Caltex will be able to contribute to Korea’s first step toward reducing carbon emissions in aviation,” said Kim, adding that “we will continue to make various efforts to establish a foundation to further expand bio-jet fuel applications by extending cooperation with our clients and more.”
As the International Civil Aviation Organisation member states agreed to achieve net zero emissions in aviation by 2050, the Korean government also set up a public-private alliance to speed up biofuel adoption in transport last year.

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