Air China tests domestic green fuel in commercial flight

Air China has verified the use of made-in-China green fuel in a commercial flight on Friday, one step further toward the goal of a low-carbon airline.

The test flight from Hangzhou to Beijing was carried out by an Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft. About 10 percent of the plane's fuel was sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from a domestic supplier.

This flight was China's first commercial flight with domestic SAF carried out by a wide-body airliner.

Each of the passengers on the flight received an environment-friendly notebook made of stones and a signature pen made of recycled bottles.

The cutlery used on the plane is also recyclable.

Leading airlines in China are making great efforts to go green, as the country aims to plateau the carbon emissions from civil aviation by 2035.

The use of SAF is widely seen as an important way to reduce carbon emission in aviation, which is expected to contribute 65 percent to achieving Net Zero Carbon in 2050, according to a report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The IATA said the number of flights that use SAF has increased from 500 in 2016 to 450,000. The number is expected to reach 2 million by 2025.

(Cover via CFP.)

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