Sustainable aviation fuels are made from non-biogenical sources such as municipal waste, used cooking oil or agricultural residues, without having a negative impact on land use or water supplies.
Airbus recognises the importance of driving progress in SAF and it plays a key role in our long-term decarbonisation strategy. Airbus was the first manufacturer to offer customers the option of delivering new aircraft with a blend of SAF. Multiple airlines have benefited from this programme, developed in association with Air BP and Total. We are also heavily involved in the ITAKA European initiative, which aims to speed up the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel in Europe.
In December 2019, Airbus introduced SAF to select transportation flights from Hamburg with its Beluga ST freighter. The feedstock comes from recycled cooking oil and the fuel is made in nearby Finland to reduce transportation impact. It is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 120 tonnes during December – the equivalent of removing around 130 cars from the road, each driving 13,000 km per year. From January 2020, the new, larger BelugaXL will also fly with SAF on select routes.