Air France Flight 342 Flew From Paris To Montreal With Used Cooking Oil As Fuel

  • Air France flight 342 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport with a 16% mix of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its fuel tanks, produced from used cooking oil.
  • The flight heralded a “shared ambition to decarbonize air transportation and to develop a SAF supply chain in France”.
  • Starting next year, flights departing from France will be required to use 1% SAF, ahead of European Union goals to reach 5% by 2030 under the bloc’s Green Deal policy.

Agence Presse-France from Rawstory writes:

“Air France-KLM flew a biofuel-powered Airbus A350 from Paris to Montreal on Tuesday, demonstrating the airline’s readiness to adopt low-emissions fuel despite deep industry divisions over the pace of its adoption.

Air France flight 342 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport with a 16% mix of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its fuel tanks, produced in France by Total from used cooking oil.

The flight signalled a “shared ambition to decarbonize air transportation and to develop a SAF supply chain in France”, the companies said in a joint statement with airport operator ADP .

Jet fuel produced from biomass or synthetically from renewable power has the potential to slash carbon emissions, albeit at a heavy cost by comparison to the price of kerosene.

Starting next year, flights departing from France will be required to use 1% SAF, ahead of European Union goals to reach 2% by 2025 and 5% by 2030 under the bloc’s Green Deal policy.

But traditional network airlines have sought to exempt long-haul flights, arguing that a Europe-only SAF requirement could expose them to unfair foreign competition.

That has drawn an angry response from low-cost airlines including Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet , which wrote to the EU in March to demand that the rules apply to all flights originating in Europe…”

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