Qatar Airways, Shell unite for 3k tn SAF to boost sustainable operations

Qatar Airways has signed a deal with Shell for 3,000 tonnes of neat (undiluted) Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at air cargo hub Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The deal falls under the airline’s existing jet fuel contract at the airport, but will now include at least 5% SAF over the contract period for the 2023-24 fiscal year. Qatar Airways’ bilateral agreement with Shell is part the Oneworld alliance’s wider target for SAF to form 10% of combined fuel volumes by 2030, said release. Qatar Airways says it will be the first carrier based in the Middle East and Africa to procure a significant amount of SAF in Europe, beyond government SAF mandates. The carrier expects to reduce its emissions on flights from Amsterdam by about 7,500 tonnes of CO2 during the fiscal year. Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are strongly committed to supporting the industry’s effort to ramp-up the use of sustainable aviation fuel, as one of the key pillars to decarbonise the aviation industry.” “Last year, we signed our first offtake agreement in the US, and now we are placing a multi-million US dollar SAF deal in Amsterdam to illustrate our SAF commitment and reiterate our calls for a more robust SAF supply chain across our global network,” he added.