Malaysia Airlines, in association with Petronas Dagangan Berhad (PDB) and renewable diesel producer Neste, has run its first flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The national carrier of Malaysia intends to switch to SAF for regular trips by 2025 as “the cleaner and more viable energy option”.

As part of the project, the debut flight, MH7979, on the Airbus 330-200 aircraft, flew from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

This flight was loaded with a blend of nearly 38% SAF made from used cooking oil, and conventional jet fuel.

For this operation, the airline signed the SAF supply pact with Neste and Petronas’ marketing and trading unit in Europe, Petco Trading (UK).

The arrangements for this flight were done with GE Digital’s FlightPulse and Fuel Insight software that supported the flight crew in preparing for fuel procedures during the operation.

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Now, the data collected during the flight will be processed and studied for optimising “a more sustainable flight”.

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is formulated from 100% renewable waste as well as residue raw materials, including animal fat waste and used cooking oil.

This fuel, in its pure state, and over the life cycle, is projected to cut down greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% in comparison with fossil jet fuel use.

Recently, Malaysia Airlines, through Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), teamed up with PDB to mutually explore aviation sustainability prospects.

This includes the green fuel’s delivery at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Neste renewable aviation executive vice president Thorsten Lange said: “Neste is committed to helping aviation with its emission reduction targets and we’re delighted to cooperate with Malaysia Airlines and Petronas to complete their first SAF-powered flight.

“Neste’s SAF provides immediate emission reductions and is already available today, playing a pivotal role in decarbonising the aviation industry. We continue to scale up our operations and will have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tonnes of SAF annually by the end of 2023.”

Last month, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in the US received its first SAF supply.