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Emirates powers flights from Singapore with Neste’s SAF

Emirates powers flights from Singapore with Neste’s SAF
Emirates Airline uplifts Neste SAF at Singapore Changi Airport (photo courtesy Emirates).

Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable products major Neste Oyj has supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to air carrier Emirates Airline for flights departing from Singapore Changi Airport. With this, Emirates Group has become the first international visiting carrier outside of Asia using SAF supplied at the airport from Neste’s Singapore refinery.

To meet Emirates’ needs, over 2,600 tonnes (3.3 million liters) of blended SAF have been supplied into the fueling system at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) over the last few weeks.

Emirates’ investment into Neste-produced SAF in Singapore marks the first step forward in our SAF adoption in Asia, a region that is primed to become a leading supplier of SAF, which continues to be in short supply. While the activation of this agreement marks a milestone in our SAF journey in a new region, there’s still a lot of work to do. And as we procure SAF for the short term, we’ve got our sights set on longer-term agreements to help scale up a steady supply of SAF for our operations, said Adel Al Redha, Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer at Emirates.

The supply of SAF to Emirates at Changi Airport is part of the partnership the two companies announced in October 2023.

Earlier this year, Neste supplied over 6,000 tonnes of blended SAF to Emirates at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in the Netherlands.

We are excited Emirates has started using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Changi Airport as the newest step in our cooperation. It makes Emirates the first international visiting carrier using SAF at the airport produced at our Singapore refinery and supplied to the airport via our integrated supply chain. We are looking forward to continuing to work together on scaling up the supply of SAF for Emirates’ operations, said Alexander Kueper, VP of Renewable Aviation Business at Neste.

Multi-faceted SAF strategy

Emirates’ multi-faceted SAF strategy focuses on exploring opportunities to use SAF operationally wherever it is available in its network, share emissions reductions with corporate customers or freight forwarders where feasible, cooperate on longer-term SAF projects with reputable partners and support SAF ventures in the UAE with the potential to supply sustainable aviation fuel at its hub in the future.

Refueling an Emirates aircraft (photo courtesy Emirates).

The airline currently operates flights from Amsterdam Schipol Airport (AMS), the Netherlands, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Lyon-Saint Exupéry (LYS), France, London Heathrow (LHR), UK, and Oslo Gardemoen Airport (OSL), Norway with SAF. It also integrated SAF into the fuelling systems at its Dubai International Airport (DXB) hub late last year.

In 2023, Emirates was also the first airline in the world to operate two landmark demonstration flights from DXB on a Boeing 777 and A380 with 100 percent SAF in one engine in partnership with Neste and other committed partners, supporting future certification where 100 percent drop in SAF is approved for commercial airline operations.

The airline has also committed US$200 million for research and development (R&D) projects focussed on reducing the impact of fossil fuels in commercial aviation, and last month became an industrial partner of the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), based at the University of Cambridge.

The airline is a member of the Solent Cluster in the UK, an initiative focused on low-carbon investments with the potential to create a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) plant that can produce up to 200,000 tonnes per year if operational by 2032.

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