Air France and KLM push for SAF use

Air France and KLM push for SAF use

As of this week, the airlines of the Air France-KLM Group, namely Air France, KLM and Transavia will add Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to all tickets with a departure from France and the Netherlands. This means that all passengers will have a more sustainable journey and the demand for SAF will increase drastically with the end goal to reduce CO2 emissions.

Air France, KLM, and Transavia are convinced that the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be one of the main drivers to reach the net zero ambition by 2050. SAF can reduce the footprint of flights by an average of 80% over their entire life cycle and therefore constitute – alongside fleet renewal and eco-piloting – a major lever for achieving the ambition of zero net CO2 emissions by 2050, and the group’s SBTi commitments. Going forward, the Air France-KLM Group’s decarbonisation trajectory is to accelerate SAF incorporation as production increases, with a target of 5% in 2030 and up to 63% in 2050. 

“Today, SAF production worldwide covers only around 0.1% of the total fuel usage of the aviation industry. We need to speed up the production. And that’s why we are now gradually incorporating SAF in our flights departing from France and the Netherlands as of January 2022. Since the majority of Air France and KLM passengers have a stopover or a transfer in France or the Netherlands, we are happy to offer most of our customers a more sustainable product,” says Fahmi Mahjoub, general manager Air France and KLM United Kingdom & Ireland.