Korean Air has partnered with LX Pantos, a global logistics company, to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its cargo flights.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Korean Air headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, today, 20th November 2023.  

In September, Korean Air launched a cargo SAF programme for air cargo customers and forwarders to make customised contributions to reduce their carbon footprint.

LX Pantos will purchase SAF for Korean Air’s cargo operations, and Korean Air will share the amount of carbon emissions reduced accordingly.

“We are delighted to welcome LX Pantos as our first partner in the joint initiative for the future of SAF. Together, we hope to cooperate closely to expedite the commercialisation of SAF, a common goal in the aviation industry, and enhance awareness of SAF utilisation in the Korean market,” said Jaedong Eum, senior VP and head of the cargo at Korean Air.

As the inaugural partner for this programme, LX Pantos has now partnered with Korean Air, to “contribute to the global aviation industry’s net-zero carbon emissions goals”, according to the company. 

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“Decarbonising the air logistics industry is a key survival factor for the future,” said Keun Taek Oh, VP and head of air freight at LX Pantos. “LX Pantos will strengthen its ESG activities and take a leading role in creating a sustainable logistics environment through cooperation with Korean Air on SAF.”

Korean Air says it is working to establish the infrastructure for SAF usage in the domestic aviation sector.

The company is conducting six test flights using SAF from September to November this year and will share the test flight results with the Korean Government, which plans to set SAF blending ratios and quality standards based on the outcomes of said test flights.