Cathay Pacific is planning to use a blend of alternative jet fuel to fly its new fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft home to Hong Kong.
The airline has 20 of these aircraft on order for delivery over the next four years. Its first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.
“We have been at the forefront of many initiatives to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions,” says Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg. “Achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 is an important target that we take seriously and using alternative fuels is one of the key strategies in helping us to do so.”
Cathay Pacific operated the longest biofuel delivery flight at the time when taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft in 2016. Twenty-two aircraft of this type have so far been delivered with a 10% blend of alternative jet fuel in their tanks.
Compared to traditional jet fuel, biofuel can reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 delivery flights using blended biofuel are supported by its partners, Airbus and Total.
“Through the use of the A350-1000 and low carbon fuels, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to support the aviation sector and our customers to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus.