Global airline body sets new target for use of sustainable aviation fuels

The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one-billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was announced on the tenth anniversary of the first flight which used a blend of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel, which took place on February 24, 2008 and was carried out by a Boeing 747 of Virgin Atlantic, flying from London to Amsterdam. “The momentum for sustainable aviation fuels [SAF] is now unstoppable,” highlighted Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. “From one flight in 2008, we passed the threshold of 100 000 flights in 2017, and we expect to hit one-million flights during 2020.”