First Emirates flights authorized to take off with SAF from Dubai

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The first flights from Emirates working with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) provided by Shell Aviation took off from Dubai International Airport (DXB).

“Emirates flight EK 412 to Sydney on October 24 was among the first to operate with SAF,” indicates the Emirates press release. Shell supplied 315,000 gallons of blended SAF for use from Dubai hub. This first-ever supply of SAF to Emirates in Dubai has enabled the airline to carry out numerous missions over the past few weeks. The blended SAF supplied by Shell in the DXB airport fueling system consisted of a ratio of 40% SAF pure and 60% conventional Jet A-1 fuel.

The chemical characteristics at this ratio are identical to those of conventional jet fuel and can be seamlessly integrated into existing airport fuel infrastructure as well as engines across the entire Emirates fleet with no modifications required. “In its refined form, SAF reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% over its life cycle compared to conventional jet fuel”, says Emirates. the company also tracked the delivery, use and environmental benefits of SAF through AveliaShell Aviation’s blockchain-powered booking and claims solution.

Earlier this year, Emirates and Shell signed a memorandum of understanding to explore areas of collaboration around sustainable travel and travel experiences focused on technology. Emirates’ long-standing efforts have been and continue to be anchored in tangible and meaningful actions in three priority areas that form its environmental framework: reduction of emissionsthere responsible consumption and the preservation wildlife and its habitats. This year, the airline announced the creation of a US$200 million fund for research and development (R&D) projects focused on reducing the impact of fossil fuels in commercial aviation, “which represents one of the biggest commitments of an airline in terms of sustainable development”. Over the next three years, Emirates will identify partnerships with leading organizations working on solutions in the field of advanced fuel and energy technologies.

The airline began using SAF in 2017on a flight departing from Chicagoand since then, flights from Stockholm, Paris, Lyon And Oslo also operated with a mixed SAF. Emirates is participating in a series of industry and UAE government working groups, as well as ongoing stakeholder engagements to help increase the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuel,which represents one of the largest commitments of an airline in terms of sustainable development”. Over the next three years, Emirates will identify partnerships with leading organizations working on solutions in the field of advanced fuel and energy technologies.

Emirates operated the first 100% SAF-powered demonstration flight in the region in January. The airline adds that it “actively pushed to strengthen the body of research around industry’s understanding of the use of SAF in higher blends, its performance, safety and reliability, supporting standardization and future certification of the 100% SAF, which is currently not yet approved for regular commercial use. »

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