MoU signed between TotalEnergies and Air France-KLM to supply SAF

Sustainable Aviation Fuel

TotalEnergies and Air France-KLM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). By TotalEnergies to the airlines of the Air France-KLM Group for ten years starting in 2023.

Sustainable aviation fuel

TotalEnergies will produce sustainable aviation fuel in its biorefineries. Air France-KLM will have the fuel at its disposal. Mainly for flights departing from France and the Netherlands.

The sustainable jet fuels the company produces, reduce CO2 emissions by at least 80% on average over their entire life cycle.

Air France-KLM has implemented a strict sourcing policy and is committed to purchasing only EDCs that:

  • Do not compete with human or animal food
  • Have RSB or ISCC sustainability certification
  • Are not derived from palm oil

Air France-KLM and TotalEnergies confirm their partnership with the signing of the MoU. And their objective is to foster the development of a more responsible aviation sector.


A long-standing partnership in support of aviation decarbonization

The two organizations have collaborated for almost ten years on sustainable aviation fuel. Lab-Line for the Future in 2014 was their first collaboration. This project was a two-year experiment in which 10% SAE supplied by TotalEnergies powered 78 flights between Paris-Orly and Toulouse and between Paris-Orly and Nice.

In January 2020, Air France and TotalEnergies participated, along with Safran and Suez, in the call for expressions of interest launched by the French government to develop sustainable jet fuel production in France.


Commercial Flights

In the past two years, TotalEnergies also supplied SAF for several commercial flights of the Air France-KLM group:
– May 2021 –> Air France’s first long-haul flight between Paris and Montreal, powered by 16 % SAF.
– October 2021 –> an Air France flight between Paris and Nice powered by 30% SAF
– May 2022 –> one Air France flight between Paris and Montreal powered by 16% SAF
– June 2022 –> several flights operated by all Air France-KLM group companies as part of the Connect Europe Days, powered by 30% SAF.

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, said: “The development of biofuels is one of our company’s strategic priorities. This new partnership with Air France-KLM exemplifies the excellence of the French aerospace industry. And sector in committing to a more sustainable aviation sector. By directly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our air transport customers. We are actively working with them to achieve, together with society, net zero emissions by 2050.”

For his part, Benjamin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM, commented: “Air France-KLM is fully committed to advancing SAE production in Europe and around the world. This Memorandum of Understanding with TotalEnergies is another cornerstone in the development of French production. That can meet the needs of airlines, marking a milestone in the successful decarbonization of our business. We continue to intensify our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible. And we look forward to working with TotalEnergies to accelerate our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible.”


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