"Accelerating Development
& Commercialization of
Sustainable Aviation Fuel"

Case Studies

SAFUG members around the world utilize sustainable aviation biofuels on a regular basis in their commercial operations. As the supply of biofuel increases, more and more flights will be powered with a blend of fuel. Below are some of the major milestones by SAFUG members utilizing biofuel. These case studies are intended to provide examples of how fuels are chosen and used.

  • Air France
    Air France

    Air France flew the world’s most CO2 efficient flight on October 13, 2011, using a HEFA (Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids) biokerosene. This flight was powered by a 50% mixture of sustainable aviation biofuel and traditional kerosene.

  • ANA

    ANA and Boeing partnered to fly the first 787 Dreamliner delivery flight using a biofuel blend. ANA’s 787 flew from Everett, Washington, USA to Tokyo, Japan.

  • GOL

    Flight 9290, the first HEFA fueled experimental flight in Brazil

  • Qantas

    Qantas Airways operated Australia’s first commercial flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel.

  • United

    United Airlines operated the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels on November 7th 2011. Flight 1403, a Boeing 737-800, flew passengers from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport using a blend of 40% algae based, advanced biofuel and 60% traditional petroleum derived jet fuel.