Cathay Pacific refuels with SAF overseas for first time

Cathay Pacific has continued on its journey to make operations more sustainable by using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on commercial flights outside its Hong Kong hub for the first time.

The SAF was blended and supplied by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific and refuelled at Singapore’s Changi Airport onto cargo flights CX2076 to Hong Kong on 7, 14 and 28 June and CX2074 to Penang on 30 June.

Last year, blended SAF was used on selected flights from Hong Kong and SAF has also been used on delivery flights for Airbus A350s from Europe over the past 6 years.

Ronald Lam, CEO of Cathay Group, says, “We firmly believe that SAF will be the primary lever by which the aviation industry achieves net-zero carbon emissions. By expanding the uplift of blended SAF onto selected commercial flights at Changi Airport as well as our home hub, we hope to strengthen SAF awareness across the Asia Pacific region and send a strong signal to the supply chain that there is firm demand for SAF from airlines.”

The SAF was created from 100% used cooking oil and meets International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) EU standards.

On a lifecycle basis, it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 90% compared to conventional jet fuel.

Ong Shwu Hoon, Asia Pacific Fuels Vice President at ExxonMobil Asia Pacific, says, “We are pleased to collaborate with Cathay Pacific for the successful deliveries of certified SAF in Singapore. ExxonMobil remains focused on growing our lower GHG emission fuels business to support the decarbonisation goals of the aviation industry, leveraging our operational and logistical capabilities.”