Cargolux inaugurates SAF at Luxembourg Airport

Photo: Cargolux

Cargolux is part of a team that has brought Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Luxembourg Airport (lux-Airport) for the first time as the cargo airline works towards decarbonising its operations.

In partnership with World Fuel Services, Neste, and Luxembourg Airport, Cargolux worked to achieve delivery of the bio-based fuel to Luxembourg Airport’s fuel farm via NATO’s Central European Pipeline System (CEPS).

The SAF is from sustainably sourced, 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials, in compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) Directive.

Using this SAF, Cargolux will operate a carbon neutral flight from Luxembourg to Zhengzhou, its biggest hub in mainland China.

The 747-8F will land in Zhengzhou on time for a ceremony marking the 10th year since Cargolux first started operating services to Zhengzhou in 2014.

The ceremony will be held within the framework of sustainability and focus on the importance of achieving a “Green Silk Road” between Luxembourg Airport and Zhengzhou Airport.

“This initiative marks a first for all involved and I am proud of the smooth process we witnessed throughout from delivery to uplift,” said Richard Forson, Cargolux president and chief executive.

“This is a milestone in Cargolux’s sustainable engagement and a significant step in our carbon reduction roadmap. We look forward to continuing this journey in collaboration with lux-Airport, World Fuel Services and Neste, with whom we share a common vision for a sustainable industry.”

“As an airport, we are (a) facilitator and promoter of sustainability. Moreover, engaging our partners to opt for an environmentally friendly approach matches our top goal of getting net zero by 2030 for the airport infrastructure,” said Alexander Flassak, chief executive, lux-Airport.

“The first flight with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by Cargolux is a strong pledge to lower carbon emissions going forward and showcases their role as a major player in the industry by choosing a key lever to this goal.

“As the home base of Cargolux, we at lux-Airport, highly appreciate Cargolux’s approach to environmental leadership for cleaner skies. We want to express our congratulations to Cargolux on the first SAF flight ever from Luxembourg, which is a truly remarkable milestone in the country’s environmentally friendly aviation approach.”

Alexander Kueper, vice president EMEA from the renewable aviation business unit at Neste, added: “We are excited to supply our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for this celebratory Cargolux cargo flight from Luxembourg Airport in cooperation with World Fuel Services.

“It is a great example of collaboration with partners across aviation’s value chain to make SAF available. It builds on earlier deliveries of Neste’s SAF to Cargolux at Amsterdam Airport and previous deliveries of SAF to airports via the CEPS pipeline system. It also highlights the importance of joint efforts in making more sustainable fuel options available at airports.”

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]