SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) is the first airline in the world to introduce flights powered in part by sustainable biofuel from used cooking oil.
The biofuel will be combined with jet fuel on a series of 12 flights on the carrier’s non-stop Singapore-San Francisco route.
SIA chief executive officer Goh Choon Phong said, “This is in line with our long-term commitment to further reduce carbon emissions while improving the efficiency of our operations.
“We now want to push ourselves further and are embarking on this initiative to help promote the use of sustainable biofuel in an operationally and commercially-viable manner.”
The flight comes as part of a partnership between the airline and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and is the first of a series of 12 “green package” flights over a three-month period.
This isn’t the first time SIA and CAAS have worked together in recent years on several other carbon emissions-reducing initiatives in international aviation.
In January 2010, both organizations participated in the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE 2) program, which saw a yielded fuel savings of six percent.
According to an airline press release, the biofuel-powered flights will also raise awareness of sustainable biofuels for aviation and provide the industry with valuable insight on the economics, logistical requirements and performance of biofuels.