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Korean Air’s Pioneering Move Towards Green Skies with the Cargo SAF Program

Korean Air, a leading player in the aviation industry, has recently unveiled its new initiative to push for cleaner skies. On September 1, 2023, the airline announced the launch of the Cargo Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Program. This move signifies an advancement in air travel and a commitment to our planet’s future.

Korean Air will launch a program to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for air cargo operations in cooperation with air cargo customers and forwarders.
Korean Air will launch a program to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for air cargo operations in cooperation with its air cargo customers and forwarders.

Collaborative Effort for Cleaner Air

This isn’t just about one airline making a difference. Korean Air is improving the carbon footprint of the global supply chain. Working with its customers and freight forwarders, the program aims to primarily use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in air cargo operations.

Custom Contributions for a Greener Footprint

Customers have the power to tailor their contributions to the SAF program. In doing so, they can actively reduce their carbon emissions. In return, Korean Air will put these contributions towards purchasing more SAF. They’ll also provide feedback on how much carbon emissions customers help reduce.

Korean Air’s Green Vision

The launch of this initiative underscores Korean Air’s dedication to a greener future. The airline has set its eyes on achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, hoping to inspire others in the air cargo sector to do the same.

Understanding SAF

SAF stands out as an eco-friendly alternative jet fuel. It’s produced from natural raw materials and can blend with regular jet fuel to operate flights. The impressive part? SAF can potentially reduce aviation’s carbon footprint by up to 80% compared to its fossil-derived counterpart. IATA expects that SAF could contribute 65% of the required mitigation for net zero goals by 2050. The significance of this fuel alternative for greener aviation is evident.

Korean Air’s Role in Advancing SAF

Korean Air isn’t new to championing eco-friendly initiatives. The airline has laid the groundwork for SAF usage in domestic aviation. Since last October, their involvement in the Korean government’s “eco-friendly biofuel activation alliance” speaks volumes. Their mission? To introduce and amplify the voice for new biofuels in Korea. With plans to collaborate further with government stakeholders, private institutions, and refiners, the airline aims to foster more projects boosting SAF production and utilization.

Committed to Sustainable Development

Jaedong Eum, the Senior Vice President and Head of Korean Air’s Cargo Business Division, is enthusiastic about the program. “We’re pleased to work together with our clients to reduce carbon emissions from cargo operations through the SAF program. Korean Air is committed to sustainable development, keeping our next generation in mind.”

Korean Air’s pioneering efforts in sustainable aviation support the airline’s commitment to the environment. With the introduction of the Cargo SAF Program, the airline is taking tangible steps towards creating a greener and brighter future for the skies above and the Earth below.

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