Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) test flight in a Boeing 747 powered by a 50:50 blend of SAF and traditional jet fuel
Air New Zealand commits to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Air New Zealand receives first delivery of SAF
The chemical and physical characteristics of SAF are almost identical to those of traditional jet fuel. That means it can be used in our current fleet without modification, and is proven and safe – since 2016, more than 370,000 flights around the world have flown using SAF.
Our aspiration is that new, low-carbon technologies like electric, hybrid or hydrogen aircraft will dramatically reduce the emissions of shorter domestic and regional flights from 2030. However, for long haul travel, the key solution to significantly reducing emissions is SAF.
Currently, there is no SAF available in New Zealand. Due to the high initial cost of establishing supply and the ongoing cost of production, SAF commands a price premium compared to traditional jet fuel.
However, with the right policy and investment settings, SAF production could be made viable, and the commercial gap with fossil fuels can be narrowed. Analysis carried out by the SAF Consortium (Air New Zealand, Z Energy, Scion, LanzaTech and LanzaJet) shows there is a pathway to stand up a domestic SAF industry for New Zealand to meet 50 percent of New Zealand's aviation fuel demand by 2050, supported by a domestic feedstock (raw materials) supply chain. This could also be supplemented by SAF imported from offshore. Read more about the pathway to SAF supply in New Zealand.
To bring us one step closer to making SAF a reality in New Zealand, we have joined the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition. Clean Skies is a global coalition of leaders who believe that together we can accelerate the supply and use of SAF technologies. Through this initiative, Air New Zealand has joined a global community, working together to advance the commercial scale of SAF production for broad adoption in the industry by 2030.
We have also signed the Clean Skies for Tomorrow 2030 Ambition Statement, pledging our support for SAF and a commitment to help accelerate the supply and use of SAF to reach 10% of global jet aviation fuel supply by 2030.