The first Emirates flights operating on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) provided by Shell Aviation took off from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Emirates flight EK 412 bound for Sydney on October 24 was one of the first to operate with SAF.
Shell has supplied 315,000 gallons of blended SAF for use at the airline’s hub in Dubai. This first SAF supply to Emirates in Dubai has allowed the airline to drive a series of missions over the course of recent weeks.
The blended SAF supplied by Shell to the DXB airport fueling system was composed of a ratio of 40 percent pure SAF and 60 percent conventional Jet A-1 fuel. The chemical characteristics at this ratio are identical to conventional jet fuel and can be seamlessly integrated into the existing airport fuel infrastructure, as well as the engines of the entire Emirates fleet, without the need for modifications.
In its ordered form, SAF reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent over its life cycle compared to conventional jet fuel. Emirates has also been tracking the delivery, usage and environmental benefits of SAF through Avelia, Shell Aviation’s blockchain-based claims and ledger solution.
Sir Tim Clark, Chairman of Emirates Airline, said: “We are moving forward with proactive measures to enable more sustainable flights now and in the future, and boosting flights from our Dubai hub is just one of the steps we have taken to reduce emissions. and concretely help our customers minimize their own carbon footprint. We still have a long way to go and we hope that our partnership with Shell Aviation will inspire more producers to address supply gaps and make SAF available in major hubs like Dubai, as well as in other parts of our network.”
Jan Toschka, President of Shell Aviation, said: “Emirates and Shell have a long history of collaboration and we are delighted to continue this journey together to enable the use of SAF in the UAE. This first supply of SAF to Emirates in Dubai is a example of what can be achieved when different parts of the aviation value chain come together. “Our hope is that this milestone inspires further progress in SAF adoption across the aviation industry in the UAE and the wider region.”
In January, Emirates operated the region’s first 100% SAF-powered demonstration flight. The airline has been actively advocating to strengthen the body of research around the industry’s understanding of the use of SAF in premium blends, its performance, safety and reliability, supporting standardization and future certification of 100% SAF, which is currently It is not yet approved for regular commercial use. .
The airline first began using SAF in 2017, when it increased it on one flight from Chicago, and since then, flights from Stockholm, Paris, Lyon and Oslo have also operated with combined SAF.
Emirates participates in a variety of UAE government and industry working groups, along with ongoing engagements with stakeholders to help scale the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuel.