Canadian airline WestJet has unveiled its plan to operate its flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Calgary International Airport (YYC) with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for a period of three months.

The SAF Destination programme underlines the airline company’s commitment towards sustainability and decarbonisation.

SAF will be procured from renewable fuel producer Neste.

Neste Renewable Aviation executive vice-president Thorsten Lange said: “Sustainable aviation fuel is the fastest, most effective means we have to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. Neste is ready to play its part to support the Canadian industry’s aspirational goal of 10% SAF use by 2030.

“We have been supplying SAF at the San Francisco International Airport since 2020. It is exciting that we are also supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to WestJet at the airport, enabling passengers to lower their carbon footprint from air travel.”

With this initiative, WestJet is claimed to be the first Canadian airline to make a significant investment in SAF, and will be operating 40 flights during the three-month period with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

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WestJet’s investment in SAF is estimated to directly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on these routes by 186 tonnes over the next three months.

The Canadian airline has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

WestJet Group executive vice-president and chief people, corporate and sustainability officer Angela Avery said: “We are thrilled that WestJet will be the first Canadian air carrier to operate a dedicated flight route using SAF.

“This is an integral step in decarbonizing Canada’s aviation sector and WestJet is committed to working alongside our partners to reduce our environmental footprint as we aim to drive greater awareness for the importance of a SAF ecosystem in Canada.”