China Southern Airlines of China has become another airline to join the programme to use a blend of traditional and sustainable biofuels to power aircraft for delivery flights from Airbus. The aircraft involved is the first A320NEO for China Southern Airlines, which left the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Toulouse today for its new home in Guangzhou with a 10 percent blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks.

The sustainable fuel option for delivery flights has been developed by Airbus in association with Air Total, the aviation subsidiary of the global energy operator. In order to stock the eco-friendly product, Air Total has installed the first ever biofuel station adjacent to the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse. More than of 30 aircraft have so far been delivered by Airbus since the facility was inaugurated in May 2016.

“China Southern Airlines is proud to have taken delivery of its first aircraft to be partially powered by sustainable biofuel,” Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Investment Division of China Southern Airlines, Mr. Wu Rongxin, said. “This reflects our clear commitment to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment and to be among those airlines leading the way to use alternative fuel sources. With the A320NEO in our fleet we are already significantly reducing our carbon footprint and we are excited that this can be extended even further with the use of new biofuels.”

“We are excited to welcome China Southern Airlines to our sustainable fuel programme,” said Simone Rauer, Head of Aviation Operations for Environmental Affairs at Airbus. “Today’s delivery demonstrates once again that biofuels are a reality today. We are moving towards the regular use of new and sustainable energy sources in our industry, helping to meet the commitments of the international civil aviation community.”

In addition to Toulouse, Airbus is now working towards introducing the option for the use of biofuels for delivery flights from its facilities in Mobile, US and Hamburg, Germany. First deliveries have been performed already from Mobile, US. The option will also subsequently become available from the company’s facility in Tianjin, China.

Reflecting its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus was the first manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new aircraft with a blend of sustainable fuel. As part of its wider environmental strategy, the company Airbus intends to continue its efforts by collaborating with all stakeholders in the biofuels sector.

This is a translation of the original press release issued by China Southern Airlines