Flying home with biofuel to enhance eco-efficiency

Cathay Pacific is using a blend of alternative jet fuel to fly its new fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft home to Hong Kong.

Twenty of these technologically-advanced aircraft are on order for delivery over the next four years. The first A350-1000 departed Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

We operated the longest biofuel delivery flight at the time when taking delivery of the first Airbus A350-900 aircraft in 2016. Twenty-two aircraft of this type have so far been delivered with a 10% blend of alternative jet fuel in their tanks. Compared to traditional jet fuel, biofuel can reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.

Being the world's first airline to invest in an aviation biofuel company, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to support the aviation sector and our customers to reduce their carbon footprint.

The A350-1000 had its first commercial flight to Taipei on 1 July 2018. After initial rounds of regional services, it will be deployed on Cathay Pacific’s new Washington DC service from 15 September 2018.