Korean Air will use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its route between Paris and Seoul Incheon.
The airline said this would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.
This is a first step towards “greener” aviation for Korean Air, which is adopting SAF on its Paris Charles de Gaulle – Seoul Incheon route.
The South Korean company wants to reduce its greenhouse gases and this new fuel would reduce emissions by nearly 80% from the manufacturing stage to consumption.
However, the airline said its price is two to five times higher than conventional aviation kerosene.
Made from waste and more environmentally friendly materials, SAF does not use fossil fuels and can be blended with jet fuel to reduce carbon emissions.
Korean Air serviced a route from Chicago, the US to Incheon, Korea with a SAF-fuelled aircraft for one time in November 2017.
Last year, it signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Oilbank to establish the basis for use of biofuel to power aircrafts.
It has purchased carbon-neutral jet fuel for domestic routes from SK Energy and partnered with Incheon International Airport Corporation, Airbus and Air Liquide for cooperation on supply of hydrogen and development of infrastructure.
Korean Air plans to unfold various preemptive measures for emissions reduction and respond to climate change as part of the ESG drive.
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