Franco-Dutch airline holding company Air France-KLM Group has reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with TotalEnergies for procuring more than one million cubic metres/800,000t of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for ten years.

The agreement will come into effect next year, and the SAF will be delivered to Air France-KLM Group for flights departing from France and the Netherlands. 

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith said: “Air France-KLM is fully committed to advancing SAF production in Europe and worldwide.

“This memorandum of understanding with TotalEnergies is another building block in the development of French production that can meet the airlines’ needs, marking a milestone in the successful decarbonisation of our business.

“We continue to step up our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible, and we look forward to working with TotalEnergies to accelerate our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible.”

TotalEnergies said that the SAF would be produced at its biorefineries.

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The alliance between Air France-KLM Group and TotalEnergies started in 2014 with “Lab Line for the Future”, a two-year experiment.

In this experiment, 78 flights between Paris-Orly and Toulouse and between Paris-Orly and Nice were fuelled by 10% SAF provided by TotalEnergies. 

The latest MoU confirms the two companies’ objective of building a more responsible aviation sector.

TotalEnergies chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “Biofuel development is one of our Company’s strategic priorities. This new partnership with Air France-KLM exemplifies the excellence of industry and French aerospace in committing to a more sustainable aviation sector.

“By directly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our air transport customers, we are actively working with them to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, together with society.”

In October, AF-KLM expanded its collaboration with Neste to deliver over one million tonnes of SAF.