Since the first flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) took off in 2008, a lot of progress has been made. Below is a snapshot of what is happening in the field of sustainable aviation fuel today.
The leading edge
A number of airlines have shown real leadership in driving the use of SAF forward by signing multi-million dollar forward purchasing agreements. Others have invested in start-up support for SAF deployment, and some have promoted SAF through test flights, research and investigation of local opportunities.
Recognising leadership in the promotion of sustainable aviation fuel through significant, multi-million dollar forward-purchase agreements with suppliers and/or investments in SAF supply.
Investment and significant start-up support for SAF deployment projects with long-term benefits for the industry, these airlines are providing important first steps for more ambitious action.
Have helped with the promotion of SAF through test flights and initial involvement with SAF trials, research and investigation of local opportunities.
|Carrier||Date of first SAF flight||Details|
|Air New Zealand||December 2008||Technical test flight on a Boeing 747|
|Japan Airlines||January 2009||Technical test flight on a Boeing 747|
|Finnair||July 2011||Series of flights on an Airbus A320-family aircraft between Amsterdam and Helsinki|
|Interjet||July 2011||Commercial flight on an Airbus A320 between Mexico City and Tuxtla Gutierrez|
|AeroMexico||August 2011||Commercial flight on a Boeing 777 between Mexico City and Madrid|
|Iberia||October 2011||Commercial flight on an Airbus A320 between Madrid and Barcelona|
|Thomson Airways||October 2011||Commercial flight between Birmingham and Arrecife on a Boeing 757|
|Air France||October 2011||Series of flights on an Airbus A320-family aircraft between Toulouse and Paris|
|Air China||October 2011||Technical test flight on a Boeing 747|
|Alaska Airways||November 2011||Series of commercial flights on Bombardier Q400 and Boeing 737 aircraft|
|Thai Airways||December 2011||Commercial flight on a Boeing 777 between Bangkok and Chiang Mai|
|Etihad Airways||January 2012||Delivery flight on a Boeing 777 from Seattle to Abu Dhabi|
|Latam Airways||March 2012||Series of flights in Latin America|
|Porter Airlines||April 2012||Demonstration flight on a Bombardier Q400 from Toronto to Ottawa|
|Jetstar Airways||April 2012||Commercial flight between Melbourne and Hobard on an Airbus A320|
|GOL Lineas Aéreas||June 2014||Series of flights during the FIFA World Cup|
|Scandinavian Airlines||November 2014||Flights between Stockholm and Ostersund and Trondheim and Oslo on Boeing 737 aircraft|
|Norwegian Airlines||November 2014||Flight between Bergen and Oslo on a Boeing 737|
|Hainan Airlines||March 2015||Commercial flight between Shanghai and Beijing on a Boeing 737|
|Singapore Airlines||May 2017||Series of trans-Pacific flights between Signapore and San Francisco on Airbus A350 aircraft|
|Spicejet Airlines||August 2018||Demonstration flight on Bombardier Q400 from Dehradun to Delhi|