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Japan Airlines advancing biofuel use

Japan Airlines (JAL) is taking another step forward in its commitment to invest and realize the operation of an aircraft utilizing what it terms Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). By the end of January 2019, JAL plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda) with SAF supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.


January 15, 2019
By Wings Staff

In the past decade, the carrier explains it has taken a number of proactive steps to support the development of SAF technology. In January 2009, this included operating a test flight in Japan with SAF using a mixture of three second-generation biofuel feedstocks. In November 2017, the carrier operated a passenger flight with SAF from Chicago to Tokyo (Narita). In 2020, JAL plans to operate a charter flight with SAF made from recycled clothes.

In order to realize the daily operation of an aircraft utilizing SAF technology, JAL states it will continue to invest in the use of SAF and fulfill the targets outlined in its Medium Term Management Plan – to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions.

JAL is a recognized Eco-First company by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.