Singapore Airlines Begins Biofuel-Powered Flights

Singapore Airlines (SIA), in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), has started operating a series of biofuels-powered flights over a three-month period on its San Francisco-Singapore route.

The flights will be powered by a combination of hydro-processed esters and fatty acids, a biofuel from used cooking oils, and conventional jet fuel. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), sustainable biofuel is a promising solution which can reduce the airline industry's carbon emissions.

These ‘green package' flights are the first in the world to combine the use of biofuels, fuel-efficient aircraft and optimized flight operations. The first of these 12 flights, SQ31, departed San Francisco on 1 May 2017 and arrived in Singapore on 2 May with 206 passengers on board.

Singapore Airlines is also a member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), which was established in 2008 to accelerate the development and commercialization of sustainable biofuels for aviation.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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