Vietnam Airlines Completes First Flight with Neste’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Historic Milestone Marks Vietnam Airlines' Refueling at Singapore Changi Airport
May 28, 2024
Vietnam Airlines A321
Image source: Vietnam Airlines
Summary: Vietnam Airlines has made history as the first Vietnamese airline to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for a commercial flight, refueling at Singapore's Changi Airport with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™.

Kuala Lumpur – Vietnam Airlines, the flag carrier of Vietnam, has achieved a significant milestone by operating its first flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). On May 27, 2024, a Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321 was refueled with blended SAF at Changi Airport in Singapore for its return flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. This event marks Vietnam Airlines as the first airline in Vietnam to utilize SAF for commercial passenger flights and the first visiting carrier from the Asia-Pacific region to leverage Neste’s SAF supply at Changi Airport.

“Vietnam Airlines believes that the use of SAF will help create a more sustainable future for the aviation industry,” said Nguyen Chien Thang, Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines.

Neste, a leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel, produced the SAF at its Singapore refinery. After blending it with conventional jet fuel, Neste supplied the fuel blend to Vietnam Airlines through its integrated supply chain at Changi Airport.

“Vietnam Airlines believes that the use of SAF will help create a more sustainable future for the aviation industry, providing passengers with both excellent service quality and environmental friendliness. We are collaborating with our partners in the supply chain to expand the use of SAF in the future, thereby contributing to the successful achievement of goals related to net-zero emissions and climate change prevention,” said Nguyen Chien Thang, Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines.

Carrie Song, Senior Vice President Commercial from the Renewable Products business at Neste, added, “We are excited that Vietnam Airlines chose our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for its first flight with SAF. The aviation industry is committed to ambitious climate targets, and sustainable aviation fuel plays a crucial role in reaching those goals. As the world’s leading producer of SAF, Neste is fully committed to supporting customers such as Vietnam Airlines on their decarbonization journey, and we look forward to expanding our cooperation.”

The successful flight demonstrates Neste’s ongoing commitment to supporting airlines in their efforts to reduce emissions and highlights the role of SAF as a critical tool in reducing the environmental impact of air travel.

Source: Neste
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