Malaysia Airlines flies its first passenger flight with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel supplied by Petronas

Malaysia Airlines made this announcement:

In conjunction with World Environment Day, Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, today operated its first passenger flight using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM (SAF) on flight MH603 from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN), which was refuelled at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The historic flight was operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft fuelled by a blend of conventional jet fuel and Neste’s SAF, which is produced from 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials, such as animal fat waste that was used for the SAF fuelling on this flight.

Produced by Neste, the world’s largest SAF producer, the fuel was supplied through a supply deal with PETCO Trading (UK) Ltd, which is PETRONAS’ marketing and trading arm based in Europe, while product handling and refuelling was carried out by PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) at KLIA.

Following this milestone, the long-term supply of SAF will be made available at KLIA from hereon for potential airline customers, as well as future flights operated by sister airlines under Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), including Firefly.

The send-off event in KLIA today follows the historic SAF-fuelled commercial cargo flight MH7979 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in December last year, proving the feasibility of SAF as a cleaner and more viable fuel option.

To further drive the advocacy, promotion and adoption of SAF in line with the Twelfth Malaysia Plan and commitment toward a lower carbon future, a special taskforce has been formed by the National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO) and led by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Other members include the relevant Ministries and industry players including MAG and PETRONAS.

Both MAG and PDB entered a partnership in 2021 to jointly explore potential collaborative opportunities that advance sustainability, including the supply and adoption of SAF at KLIA. They also aim to strengthen awareness of aviation sustainability through a united communication and advocacy strategy around carbon emission reduction.

In anticipation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) mandatory phase in 2027, PETRONAS is evaluating planned developments of greenfield and brownfield biorefineries as well as co-processing at existing PETRONAS facilities. With this strategic growth, PETRONAS will be well positioned to supply SAF domestically and internationally, with additional operational flexibility to also produce hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) or Renewable Diesel.

*) Calculated with established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, such as CORSIA methodology.

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