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Vietnam Airlines’ first use of sustainable aviation fuel

Vietnam Airlines' first use of sustainable aviation fuel
A Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321 at a remote stand (Image credit: VanderWolf Images/Adobe Stock)

This week Vietnam Airlines announced its first use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for a flight from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi.

The national flag carrier’s Airbus A321 was refuelled by SAF producer Neste at Changi Airport on 27 May.

According to Neste, the milestone marks Vietnam Airlines as the first airline in the country’s history to adopt SAF for commercial passenger flights.

Vietnam Airlines has now become the first visiting carrier from the Asia-Pacific region to benefit from the SAF producer’s supply capabilities at Changi Airport.

Nguyen Chien Thang, executive vice president of Vietnam Airlines, said: “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.”

Carrie Song, senior vice president of commercial from the Renewable Products business at Neste, said: “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 decarbonisation journey, and we look forward to expanding our co-operation.”

Neste produced the sustainable aviation fuel at its Singapore refinery and, after blending it with traditional jet fuel, the fuel blend was supplied to the airline using Neste’s integrated supply chain into Changi Airport.

Vietnam Airlines’ flight with Neste-produced SAF demonstrates the fuel supplier’s ongoing commitment to supporting airlines on their journey to reduce aviation-related emissions and to raise awareness of SAF as a key lever to reduce air travel emissions, the company added.