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Atlas Air conducts transatlantic flight with SAF in its fuel tank

Johanna Koyser
27.12.2020
2 minutes

A month ago, WingMag reported on the first commercial cargo flight with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Carried out by DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo, this flight of a Boeing 777F went from Frankfurt to Shanghai. Another commercial cargo flight now proves that SAF is still on the rise in aviation. A Boeing 747-400 from Atlas Air recently took off from Spain for Mexico City with SAF in the tank.

As we explained earlier, the tanks and engines designed for jet fuel do not need any technical modifications to fly with SAF. Atlas Air flight 5Y562 on 21 December is further proof. For nothing was changed on the Boeing 747 – except the fuel mixture in the tank. However, the proportion of Sustainable Aviation Fuel was less than three percent. Nevertheless, this proves that more climate-neutral flying is possible. 

Innovative sustainable aviation fuel test projects demonstrate our ability to partner with our customers and suppliers to help create a more sustainable future for the air cargo industry and global commerce.

John W. Dietrich, CEO Atlas Air Worldwide

Turning a conventional aircraft into a climate-friendly aircraft without having to change anything sounds almost like a dream. With SAF, aviation seems to have found a fuel that meets this requirement. So it appears to be only a matter of time before the first passenger planes also fly with Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

Picture © Atlas Air

by Johanna Koyser

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