Qantas is making a big change to flights on one of its major routes for the first time for Australian airlines.
A major change is coming to Qantas flights, with the national carrier switching to permanent petrol on one of its major routes.
By next month, the Australian airline will buy blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its flights from London to help reduce its carbon emissions by about 10 percent.
This will be the first time that the airline will procure petrol on an ongoing basis for a regular scheduled flight.
After signing an agreement with BP, it will buy 10 million liters of SAF in 2022 and will have the option to buy up to another 10 million liters from Heathrow Airport by 2024.
It will be produced with certified bio feedstock and used cooking oil or waste products mixed with regular jet fuel.
According to Qantas, fuel use has increased especially in Europe, the UK and the United States, in an effort to decarbonise the aviation sector.
Andrew Parker, the company’s chief sustainability officer, said climate change was “incredibly important” to its customers, employees and investors and that the sustainable fuel was critical for the airline to meet its net zero emissions target by 2050.
“Zero emissions technologies, such as electric aircraft or green hydrogen, are still a long way off for aviation and even more distant for long-haul flights like London to Australia,” he said.
“SAF and high-quality carbon offsetting are therefore vital on the path to zero.
“Aviation biofuels typically bring about 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a life-cycle basis compared to jet fuel and are the most important tool airlines have to reduce their impact on the environment.”
Air BP’s Martin Thomson said the company aspires to be a major supplier of SAF.
“We are committed to working with customers to increase its use,” he said.
“We believe this is one of the key routes to reducing carbon emissions in the aviation industry.”