The leading edge

Sustainable fuels

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.

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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.

Leading edge

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.

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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.

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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 Hobart on an Airbus A320
Air Canada June 2012 Two commercial flights from Toronto to Mexico City
KLM May 2014 Commercial flight from Amsterdam to Aruba on Airbus A330-200
GOL Lineas Aéreas June 2014 Series of flights during the FIFA World Cup
Nextjet June 2014 Commercial flight from Karlstad to Stockholm
Finnair September 2014 Commercial flight from Helsinki to New York on Airbus A330
Lufthansa September 2014 Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Berlin 
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
Alaska Airlines June 2016 Two commercial flights from Seattle to San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Alaska Airlines November 2016 Commercial demonstration flight from Seattle to Washington D.C. on Boeing 737-800
Braathens Regional Airlines February 2017 Commercial flight from Stockholm to Umeå on ATR 72-600
Air Canada April 2017 Series of five test flight between Montreal and Toronto
Singapore Airlines May 2017 Series of trans-Pacific flights between Singapore and San Francisco on Airbus A350 aircraft
Various November 2017 Commercial flights on 'Fly Green Day' from Chicago by Lufthansa, United Airlines, Etihad, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air
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Hainan Airlines November 2017 Commercial flight from Beijing to Chicago on Boeing 787
China Airlines December 2017 Delivery flight of A350-900 from Toulouse to Taipei 
Qantas January 2018 Commercial flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Boeing 787-9
Air Canada May 2018 Commercial flight from Edmonton to San Francisco on A320-200
SpiceJet Airlines August 2018 Demonstration flight on Bombardier Q400 from Dehradun to Delhi
jetBlue Airways  September 2018 Delivery flight of A321 from Mobile, Alabama to New York 
Etihad Airways January 2019 Commercial flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam on Boeing 787
China Southern Airlines  February 2019 Delivery flight of A320NEO from Toulouse to Guangzhou
Braathens Regional Airlines May 2019 'Perfect Flight’ from Halmstad to Stockholm on ATR 72-600
Various May 2019 21 private aircraft flew to Geneva to the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)
United Airlines June 2019 Eco-friendly commercial "Flight For the Planet" from Chicago to Los Angeles
Delta July 2019 Delivery flight of A321 from Mobile, Alabama to Kansas City (first in series of 20 delivery flights to Delta powered by sustainable fuels)
Egyptair July 2019 Delivery flight of Boeing 787 from Seattle to Cairo
Finnair August 2019 First two flights backed by “Push for change” initiative from San Francisco to Helsinki


Some airlines are starting to offer direct-to-passenger sales of SAF through their flight booking systems.

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