Bio fuels : Nice-Paris flight fueled with sustainable aviation fuel

Air France A321
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Air France, TotalEnergies, the Métropole of Nice Côte d’Azur and Nice Côte d’Azur Airport carried out a Nice-Paris flight fueled with 30% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The SAF-fueled flight took place on October 3, during the Nice Transition Days, an international festival celebrating ecological innovations. The flight marks the end of the Transition Forum, an international economic conference held over two days during the Nice Transition Days, whose purpose is to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon future.

Decarbonizing air travel

The flight, operated out of France's second-largest airport, concretizes the ambition shared by public and private enterprises alike to meet the major dual challenge of decarbonizing air travel while continuing to support a vibrant economy and tourist industry in the regions. This shared endeavor illustrates the need to come together to create a convergence between economic and social imperatives and the energy transition.

After a first long-haul flight fueled by French-made SAF in May, this is a further realization by Air France and TotalEnergies towards supporting and developing the production of sustainable aviation fuel in France, as an essential condition for its widespread take-up in French airports.

French-produced bio fuel

The biofuel used for this flight was produced from waste and residues generated by the circular economy. It was made by TotalEnergies from used cooking oils at its biorefinery of La (Bouches-du-Rhône) and its plant at Oudalle (Seine-Maritime). The French-produced SAF carries ISCC-EU certification (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) awarded by an independent body which guarantees its sustainability. The 30% incorporation on the Nice-Paris flight prevented the emission of 3 tons of CO2.