Friday, May 19, 2023

Tata's AirAsia India successfully operates country’s first commercial flight on India-made sustainable fuel

Air India’s low-cost subsidiary AirAsia India, successfully operated the country’s first commercial flight on the Pune-Mumbai sectors using an indigenously produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend early Friday morning.

Flight I5767 flew from Pune to Delhi powered by SAF blended aviation turbine fuel (ATF) supplied by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) in partnership with Praj Industries, which provided the technology for the blend.

Receiving the flight at Delhi’s Indira Gandi International Airport the minister for petroleum and natural gas, Hardeep Singh Puri said, “This would be the first domestic commercial passenger flight with SAF blending of up to 1 per cent in demonstration mode. By 2025, if we target to blend 1 per cent SAF blending in jet fuel, India would require around 14 crore litres of SAF per annum. More ambitiously, if we target for 5 per cent SAF blend, India required around 70 crore litres of SAF per annum.”

Informing the country could become a surplus SAF producer, Puri observed, “India has feedstock for potential production of 19 to 24 million tons of SAF per year, whereas the estimated maximum requirement of SAF in India, considering 50 per cent blend, is around 8 to 10 million tonnes per year by 2030.”

Commending AirAsia India, IOCL and Praj Industries on the achievement, the minister observed that the development of indigenous solutions would not only go a long way in mitigating the environmental impact of aviation and but also pave the way for the widespread adoption of SAF in the country. Sharing pre-Covid-19 data, he said the Indian aviation sector consumed around 8 million tons of ATF and emitted around 20 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2019.

19/05/2023 Manish Pant/Business Today

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