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Air New Zealand to receive first SAF cargo – Australian Aviation

A three-year-old Air New Zealand A321, ZK-NNB, photographed by Victor Pody

Air New Zealand will receive its first shipment of sustainable aviation fuel derived from used cooking oil next week.

The 1.2 million liter delivery, equivalent to powering 400 return flights between Auckland and Wellington, will be used to test the supply chain to set up future imports.

The airline expects 10% of all its fuel to be SAF by 2030, and last year agreed to work with the government to “assess the feasibility” of producing its own supplies.

This follows IATA, the global trade association for the world’s airlines, agreeing in October last year to make aviation net zero by 2050..

Air New Zealand said imported SAF would reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel.

The company’s chief executive, Greg Foran, said, “This is a significant milestone for us. When we announced Flight NZ0 earlier this year, we made a commitment to find a more sustainable way to connect with the world.

“Air New Zealand is already one of the most fuel-efficient airlines in the world with our modern fleet, but the future of travel lies in low-carbon air travel.”

It comes after Qantas pledged earlier this year to invest $50 million to help support the creation of a local sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry in Australia.

The airline has announced that by 2050 it hopes that 60% of all fuel used by all its planes will be derived from SAF. This is in addition to a similar interim target of 10% by 2030.

Chief Executive Alan Joyce said: “This is a huge opportunity for Australia… which can create a huge amount of jobs in this country, and the security that would give against what is happening in the rest of the world.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we just depended on our own country for this?”

Joyce said Australia’s federal and state governments should advocate more for a local SAF industry, saying it’s “a pity” little progress has been made so far.

“It’s a shame that Qantas is meeting its 10% sustainable aviation fuel target by 2030 by simply buying it overseas. It would be a terrible outrage in my mind, and it’s a terrible ball drop in Australia.

The airline’s aim to establish a local SAF industry will be aided by a memorandum of understanding, signed by Qantas with banking giant ANZ and Japanese resource firm INPEX, on a major reforestation and carbon farming project , in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.