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Japan Airlines conducts commercial flight using domestic SAF

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd (JAL), a recognized Eco-First company by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOE), has announced that it has operated a commercial domestic flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to Fukuoka Airport (FUK) using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in Japan.

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd (JAL) has operated a commercial domestic flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to Fukuoka Airport (FUK) using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in Japan from waste textiles (photo courtesy JAL).

In October 2018, JAL launched a project to convert cotton clothing into SAF, produced within the country of Japan. During the project, 50 local companies helped collect approximately 250 000 pieces of clothing and with the technical support from Green Earth Institute Co., Ltd. and using a bioprocess technology developed by the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), a domestically produced SAF was successfully created in March 2020.

The aircraft used for the flight, which took place on February 4, 2021, was a Boeing 787-8. JAL says that it fully recognizes that the airline industry plays an integral role to protect the planet and regards environmental conservation as a vital issue in its Medium-Term Management Plan.

The air carrier will continue striving to achieve key environmental goals and contribute to a greener environment for future generations.

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