Russian airline S7 performs the first flight using environmental sustainable aviation fuel

Russian airline S7 has made its first flight using alternative fuel.

The company's plane took off from the airport of the "Airbus" factory in Toulouse, where it was refueled with fuel that includes the SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) environmental mixture, and the share of biofuel in the mixture was 10%.

The correspondent of "TASS" agency said that the plane landed successfully at the airport "Domodedovo" on the outskirts of Moscow.

On December 22, S7 Airlines took delivery of the 37th upgraded A320neo family aircraft. The aircraft took off from the Airbus plant in Toulouse with a SAF blend of organic compounds and classic jet fuel.

But even this amount reduced carbon dioxide emissions on this flight by 7% (by about 1.7 tons), and a spokesman for the Russian airline said that the total use of SAF fuel in the world is currently no more than 0.03%.

The spokesperson noted that S7's strategic goal is to achieve Zero-carbon by 2050. A number of Russian companies, including Aeroflot and S7, have announced the formation of the Eurasian SAF Alliance. One of the alliance's goals is to start to operate SAF eco-fuel flights in Russia after 2024.

"This is an opportunity for us to prove that such flights are real and that they are the future of ecological air transport. It is necessary to develop a legal framework that will allow SAF to obtain a certificate in Russia and use it for regular flights. We are ready to take an active role," said Tatiana Fileva, General Manager of S7 Group. In this process, of course, we hope that our partners in the fuel sector will be able to organize the production of eco-fuels in the medium term."

The head of the "Airbus" branch in Russia, Julian Franiat, indicated that "Airbus" planes are licensed to carry out 50% of its flights with SAF fuel and added that this indicator will rise to 100% by the end of the current decade.

Fariat said that Airbus has carried out more than 75 commercial flights using SAF environmental fuel, and a number of airlines in the world are already using this fuel for commercial flights.

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