Philippines-based Cebu Pacific Air Incorporated (Cebu Air) concluded its maiden flight using a 35 per cent blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a commercial passenger flight between Singapore and Manila. This in line with similar efforts of other operators in Southeast Asia (SEA) to reduce carbon footprints of the region’s aviation sector.

Additionally, the flight operator has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shell Aviation to supply 25,000 metric tons of SAF over a period of five years. The SAF will be entirely made up of renewable waste and raw materials, including used cooking oil and animal fat waste. SAF is expected to result in an 80 per cent reduction in emissions over the fuel’s life cycle.

By 2030, Cebu Air will transition all of the airplanes in its commercial fleet to operate on SAF.