Sustainable aviation fuel will be used to power flights from Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi airports.

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Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 2:42 p.m.

Emirates and Neste have expanded their partnership by solidifying their collaboration for the supply of more than 3 million gallons of Neste MY blended sustainable aviation fuel in 2024 and 2025.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which will be blended with conventional jet fuel, will be supplied throughout 2024 and 2025 for Emirates flights departing from Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi airports.

The aviation industry is pushing for greener fuel to combat global climate challenges.

Emirates’ expanded partnership with Neste represents the largest SAF volume of any Middle East and Africa-based airline to date. The combined SAF will be composed of more than one million gallons of pure SAF. This represents a blend ratio of more than 30% pure SAF combined with conventional A-1 Jet fuel.

Downtown Dubai

Before the end of this year, the airline will also lift SAF for the first time from its Dubai hub. SAF reduces carbon emissions from air travel by up to 80%* over the fuel life cycle compared to using conventional jet fuel.

Sir Tim Clark, Chairman of Emirates Airline, said: “Today’s announcement is a milestone for Emirates and represents the acceleration of the acquisition of SAF for our operations. It is also one of the many initiatives we are focused on to reduce our carbon emissions, including operating fuel-efficient aircraft, intensifying the renewal of our fleet from 2024, as well as driving operational fuel efficiency. “Our current partnership with Neste also demonstrates our active commitment and support to the rapidly developing SAF industry, and we hope that the strong demand coming from Emirates and other airlines will encourage the scale-up of SAF and other emerging clean propulsion technologies.”

Alexander Kueper, EMEA Vice President of Neste’s Renewable Aviation business unit, said: “Sustainable aviation fuel is a readily available solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. “We are proud to extend our existing cooperation with Emirates until 2024 as we increase our global SAF production and continue to support their commitment to reducing emissions through the supply of our Neste MY sustainable aviation fuel.”

Earlier this year, Emirates, in partnership with Neste and other industry stakeholders, successfully completed the first demonstration flight powered by a 930 SAF in the region, using a Boeing 777-300ER operating with a 930 SAF in a single engine. The airline has made significant progress together with its industry partners around the technical analysis and certification requirements supporting the standardization and future flight approval of the 930 SAF.

First flight

The airline’s first flight powered by SAF blended with jet fuel took place in 2017 from Chicago. The airline has since also increased SAF for flights from Stockholm and currently operates flights from Paris, Lyon and Oslo with combined SAF.

Emirates has championed a number of UAE government and industry working groups, and is in ongoing talks with a range of stakeholders to help scale SAF production and supply. The airline, together with the UAE GCAA, has been actively involved in the development of the UAE’s ambitious power-to-liquid (PtL) fuels roadmap, driven by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and the World Economic Forum, in addition to contributing to the UAE National Sustainable Aviation Fuel Roadmap launched in January 2023 by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and the GCAA.

*When used in pure form (i.e., unmixed) and calculated using established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, such as the CORSIA methodology.