Singapore Airlines, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Singapore-based investment firm Temasek have chosen ExxonMobil as the vendor to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) under a pilot programme.

SIA will buy blended SAF from ExxonMobil in this pilot, which has the support of CAAS and Temasek.

ExxonMobil will deliver SAF to Changi Airport (SIN) through the existing fuel hydrant system by the end of July.

This blended fuel will consist of 1.25 million litres of neat sustainable aviation fuel that is unmixed or undiluted.

Produced from used cooking oil and waste animal fats, the neat fuel will be supplied by Neste and blended with refined jet fuel at the Singapore facilities of ExxonMobil.

From Q3 2022, all the Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights will make use of the SAF.

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With the use of SAF during the one-year pilot, the airline is expected to cut down around 2,500t of carbon dioxide emissions.

ExxonMobil has been appointed for this pilot after a Request for Proposal was launched on 10 November 2021 inviting select producers and fuel suppliers to develop and deliver blended SAF to Changi Airport in Singapore.

This move comes after an earlier study undertaken by the Singapore Government and industry players on the operational and commercial feasibility of using SAF at the airport.

CAAS director-general of CAAS Han Kok Juan said: “Sustainability will be a key CAAS priority in the coming years as we revive air travel and rebuild the Singapore air hub. The CAAS-SIA-Temasek SAF pilot is an important building block in our effort to develop a sustainable air hub. It will operationally validate SAF integration options in Singapore and provide insights on end-to-end cost components, potential pricing structures for cost recovery and support future policy considerations for SAF deployment.”

Singapore Airlines senior vice-president for corporate planning Lee Wen Fen said: “Sustainable aviation fuels are a key decarbonisation lever and a critical pathway for the success of the SIA Group’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This pilot reinforces our commitment towards decarbonisation and sustainability across our operations. By collaborating with our partners, we can accelerate and scale up the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels in Singapore.”

Temasek managing director for sustainable solutions Frederick Teo said: “The SAF pilot marks an important step in our commitment to operationalise solutions to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors like aviation. We look forward to learning useful operational lessons from the pilot and working closely with our partners to advance the frontiers of sustainable aviation through impactful industry-wide decarbonisation strategies.”

In November 2021, SIA formed an alliance with Garuda Indonesia to provide an improved travel experience for passengers amid growing air traffic between the two countries.