Jun 2, 2017: The 15th A350-900 for Cathay Pacific flew from Toulouse on June 1st, with a 10 percent blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. Since the first delivery in May 2016, all of Cathay Pacific’s A350s have been delivered in this configuration.
The biofuel delivery flight concept, originally devised by Cathay Pacific in 2015 is now in full operation and this most recent delivery flight confirms that the supply chain set up a year ago by Airbus and Total is carrying out correctly, from the fuel production, through an integrated management at its Saint-Martin Toulouse site and to the customer delivery.
“This is a major step for Airbus and a first for the regular delivery of new production aircraft. It enables us to demonstrate that aviation biofuels are today a reality. We now target to expand this initiative to all our delivery sites, close to our customers,” said Frederic Eychenne, head of new energies at Airbus.
The first delivery flights from Hamburg, Germany and Mobile, US, using this type of biofuel are planned as of 2018. Since 2016, Airbus has provided this option for its delivery flights from Toulouse.
“Through this partnership with Cathay Pacific and Total, we have demonstrated that it is possible to set up supply chains for fuels with a low carbon footprint,” Eychenne added. “This initiative confirms Airbus’ commitment to environmental efficiency and its support toward international aviation’s emission reduction targets.”