Air France-KLM, Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT), Groupe
ADP and Airbus have joined forces to carry out the first long-haul
flight powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)(1) produced in
France. At 3:40 p.m. today, Air France Flight 342 took off from
Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport's Terminal 2E for Montreal with its
tanks filled for the first time with sustainable aviation fuel
produced in Total's French plants.
This flight is a tangible result of the four groups' shared
ambition to decarbonize air transportation and to develop a SAF
supply chain in France, prerequisite to the generalization of their
use in French airports.
No modifications to storage and distribution infrastructure,
aircraft or engines are required to incorporate biofuels. Their
gradual introduction worldwide should significantly reduce CO(2)
emissions from air transportation, in line with the United Nations'
Sustainable Development Goals.
The biofuel used for this flight was made from waste and residue
sourced from the circular economy. Total produced the SAF from used
cooking oil at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and at
its Oudalle factory near Le Havre, without using any virgin
This first 100% French SAF received ISCC-EU certification from
the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System,
an independent organization that guarantees sustainability. The 16%
blend on this flight avoided the emission of 20 tons of CO(2) .
By developing and supporting France's first industrial SAF
production, Air France-KLM, Total, ADP Group and Airbus are paving
the way for France to drive innovation in the energy and
environmental transition. French legislation calls for aircraft to
use at least 1% SAF by 2022 for all flights originating in France,
ahead of the European ambition scheduled to gradually ramp up to 2%
by 2025 and 5% by 2030, as part of the European Green Deal.
To meet these requirements, Total will also produce SAF at its
Grandpuits zero-crude platform near Paris as from 2024.
Today's flight also illustrates the synergy of the different
drivers for reducing aviation's environmental footprint, i.e.,
sustainable aviation fuel, latest-generation aircraft and
electrification of ground operations. The Airbus A350 used for the
flight consumes 25% less fuel than its predecessor. What's more,
the aircraft was serviced by the first 100% all-electric refueling
truck, developed in France with Total expertise, and all of the
ground support equipment used by Air France was fully electric
Air France-KLM is a pioneer in testing sustainable aviation
fuels. KLM made its first SAF-powered flight in 2009. Since then,
the Group has multiplied the number of innovative programs. Between
2014 and 2016, for example, it carried out 78 Air France flights
powered by a 10% SAF blend in collaboration with a Total affiliate.
These tests showed that the use of SAF had no impact on the
reliability of airline operations. Air France-KLM intends to
strengthen its leadership in SAF in the years ahead, while
contributing to research on future generations of aircraft.
In addition to this flight, Airbus is conducting several series
of tests to certify airliners to fly with 100% SAF in the coming
decades. Airbus has also installed SAF refueling stations at its
industrial facilities so it can be used in production operations,
as well as for aircraft deliveries. These installations contribute
to Airbus's ambition to decarbonize all of its industrial
For this first flight, Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM,
stated: "For many years, the Air France-KLM Group has been
committed to reducing its environmental footprint. Together with
the renewal of our fleet, sustainable aviation fuels constitute our
main lever in the medium-term for reducing our CO(2) emissions per
passenger/km by half by 2030. These two actions are therefore
central to our strategy, alongside eco-piloting and achieving
carbon-neutral ground operations. France currently has the
opportunity to position itself as a leader in the production and
use of sustainable fuels and we are doing everything possible to
contribute to this with our partners. Supporting the emergence of
an economically viable French aviation biofuel sector for all the
parties involved is a strategic priority for the country and the
Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total,
declared: "The development of biofuels is part of Total's
broad-energy strategy for decarbonizing the transportation
industry. After successfully launching production of sustainable
aviation fuels at our facilities in France last March, we are
continuing to adapt our industrial facilities to prepare for the
growing demand from the aviation industry in the coming decade. By
directly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products used
by our aviation industry customers, we are actively working with
them to achieve our ambition to get to net zero by 2050, together
Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe ADP, stressed:
"This first flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is a symbol
of our ambition to decarbonize air transport by integrating new
sustainable air fuels into aircraft. The European air transport
roadmap aims for zero net emissions by 2050, and we are keen, as an
airport operator, to support this energy transition and to embark,
without delay, on the path of transforming our operation process
And Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus added: "Sustainable fuels are
a major lever for achieving our objectives of decarbonizing the
aviation sector, and Airbus supports all initiatives that
contribute to their development and use on commercial flights.
Coordinated action by all stakeholders is needed to increase the
share of these sustainable fuels, which can be used today on up to
50% of our aircrafts, without any modification or operational
impact, thereby reducing their environmental footprint."
About Air France-KLM
A global player with a strong European base, the Air France-KLM
Group's main areas of business are passenger transport, cargo
transport and aeronautical maintenance. Air France-KLM is a leading
airline Group in terms of international traffic on departure from
Europe. It offers its customers access to a worldwide network,
covering over 300 destinations thanks to Air France, KLM Royal
Dutch Airlines and Transavia, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles
de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders
in Europe with over 16 million members.
Together with its partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic,
Air France-KLM operates the largest transatlantic joint venture,
with more than 275 daily flights in 2019. Air France-KLM is also a
member of the SkyTeam alliance which has 19 member airlines, offers
access to a vast global network and provides its customers with a
seamless and quality travel experience.
Air France-KLM is fully committed to sustainability and will
accelerate to reduce its environmental footprint. The aim is to
make a significant contribution to the UN Sustainable Development
Goals in connection with the Group's activities.
More information on: www.airfranceklm.com and on Twitter:
Total is a broad energy company that produces and markets fuels,
natural gas and electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to
better energy that is more affordable, more reliable, cleaner and
accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130
countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy
More information on: www.total.com and on Twitter:
About Groupe ADP
Groupe ADP develops and manages airports, including
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. In 2019,
the group handled through its brand Paris Aéroport more than 108
million passengers and 2.2 million metric tons of freight and mail
at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, and more than 110
million passengers in airports abroad.
Boasting an exceptional geographic location and a major
catchment area, the Group is pursuing its strategy of adapting and
modernizing its terminal facilities and upgrading quality of
services. The group also intends to develop its retail and real
estate businesses. In 2019, group revenue stood at EUR4,700 million
and net income at EUR588 million.
Registered office: 1, rue de France, 93 290 Tremblay-en-France.
Aéroports de Paris is a public limited company (Société Anonyme)
with share capital of EUR296,881,806. Registered in the Bobigny
Trade and Company Register under no. 552 016 628.
More information on: www.groupeadp.fr/en and on Twitter:
Airbus is the pioneer of a sustainable aviation and space
industry for a safe and united world. The company is constantly
innovating to provide efficient and technologically advanced
solutions in aerospace, defense and connected services. In
commercial aviation, Airbus provides modern, fuel-efficient
airliners and related services. Airbus is also a European leader in
defense and security, and a major global player in space. In civil
and military helicopters, Airbus provides the world's most advanced
solutions and services.
More information on: www.airbus.com and on Twitter: @Airbus
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(1) Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a blend of conventional
aviation fuel (JET-A1) and biojet fuel made from waste and residue
sourced from the circular economy (animal fat, used cooking oil,
etc.). Biojet fuel has similar properties to JET-A1 and produces up
to 90% fewer CO(2) emissions over its lifecycle compared with the
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