The initiative is for the use of sustainable biofuel in an operationally and commercially feasible manner
On the 70th anniversary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), the carrier operated its first flight on sustainable biofuel supplied by SkyNRG, CAO and EPIC Fuels.
To enable this initiative of 12 biofuel flights with an Airbus A350-900s, the airlines’ newest fuel-efficient aircraft, SIA partnered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Flight SQ31 will be powered by a blend of sustainable biofuel and conventional jet fuel over a three-month period. In close cooperation with North American Fuel Corporation (NAFCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Ltd (CAO), and EPIC Fuels, the fuel is produced by AltAir Fuels from used cooking oil and supplied by SkyNRG. In addition to providing experience on the logistics and performance of biofuel to industry stakeholders, the flights are aimed to raise awareness for biofuels in Singapore. The parties hope to push for the adoption of regular sustainable aviation biofuel usage in the country in the long run.
SIA’s CEO, Mr Goh ChoonPhong said, “Singapore Airlines’ fleet is already among the most modern and fuel-efficient in the world. 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. This is in line with our long-term commitment to further reduce carbon emissions while improving the efficiency of our operations. This initiative is especially memorable as our first biofuel flight departed from San Francisco on 1 May, when Singapore Airlines celebrated its 70th anniversary.”
“We are delighted to participate in Singapore Airlines’ first biofuel flight. CAO’s key strategic objective is to become a niche player in future sustainable transportation fuels. This first biofuel transaction marks CAO Group’s maiden contribution to a sustainable and healthy aviation future, further validating our commitment to a sustainable and healthy environment in the global aviation arena,” said MrMengFanqiu, CEO of CAO.
Maarten van Dijk, CEO SkyNRG said, “Following our longstanding relationship with Singapore Airlines (SIA), we’re excited to see that they’re now taking off with their first sustainable flights. We’re proud to work together on this great initiative with our partners CAO, Epic Fuels and AltAir and look forward to further build our joint expertise,” says Maarten van Dijk, CEO SkyNRG. PWKD08052017