Italy’s airport management firm Sea Group, DHL Express Italy and Eni have reached an agreement to trial the Eni Biojet a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on DHL Express flights departing from Milan Malpensa Airport.

Eni said that its Biojet fuel has been 20% blended with JetA1 and made from waste raw materials, animal fat and used vegetable oils at its Livorno refinery in collaboration with Eni’s bio-refinery in Gela.

With this test, DHL Express becomes the first express air courier in the country to use SAF for its flights.

By the end of this year, SAF will be used by 28 DHL Express flights.

DHL Express Italy CEO Nazzarena Franco said: “I am very happy that we can close this year with yet another sustainability initiative, a theme that is among the first when I draw the company’s strategic line and one that I experience first-hand in my private life.

“A little more than a month ago we held an environmental and social event in the centre of Milan (Run For Inclusion, ed.) and today we proudly lead the launch of SAF for our flights from Malpensa.

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“This is made possible thanks to the collaboration with SEA, our long-standing partner, with whom we share the same values, and of course Eni, who worked with our teams to carry out this test.”

Milan Malpensa airport is the fourth largest transport hub in Europe, and is said to have already incorporated various green measures.

SEA Milan Airports CEO Armando Brunini said: “This partnership with Eni and DHL, the first company at Malpensa to use SAF, is an important step towards the decarbonisation of the air transport sector, a priority goal for our industry.

“It will be a long and complex process that requires the synergy of all the actors involved to generate concrete actions, as the agreement signed today demonstrates. “SEA has long since started to establish strategic partnerships and invest in technologies and projects to speed up the transition towards a more sustainable future for air transport.”