LATAM Group completes its first international flight with SAF

LATAM Group completed its first international flight with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The flight was operated by LATAM Cargo Chile between the Zaragoza airport and North America, in line with the Group’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

SAF is a biofuel made from alternative biomass sources such as waste, fats, and oils, which are co-processed with fossil feedstocks fuel to produce synthetic, low-CO2 fuel.

In this case, 30,000 liters of co-processed SAF made from cooking oil were used, combined with traditional jet fuel.

The SAF used for this flight has been internationally certified according to the procedures established by the International Sustainability Carbon Certification (ISCC EU) to ensure its sustainability.

The fuel was provided by Air bp, one of the world’s leading suppliers of aviation fuel, representing the first production of ISCC EU SAF made at the Castellón refinery in Spain.

With this milestone, LATAM Group has become the first airline group to procure its SAF from Air bp at the Zaragoza airport, an achievement made possible thanks to the collaborative efforts between LATAM and Air bp and other contributing partners like AENA and Exolum.

A maximum of 5% of sustainable feedstock is currently permitted in the co-processing of this kind of fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 80% during its life cycle compared to conventional aviation fuel.

“This flight represents one of the Group’s most visible advances in the it’s agenda concerning the use of SAF,” said Andrés Bianchi, CEO of LATAM Cargo.

“At LATAM we made a commitment to contribute to the protection of our environment, and the introduction of this type of fuel is a key step in that direction.

“We are very pleased about this achievement, since the use of SAF requires the involvement and cooperation of multiple actors, and the success of this operation proves that such collaborations are possible.

“This was a first step, and we will continue to explore alternatives to make significant contributions to the environment and the communities where we operate.”

“This latest announcement is another major milestone in Air bp’s efforts to increase SAF availability,” said Andreea Moyes, Air bp’s Global Head of Sustainability.

“It marks a decisive step in the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable sources at existing refineries. Co-processing plays a key role in increasing SAF production in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.”