Sustainable aviation fuel powers the flight of the Airbus330neo aircraft

Published May 25, 2022, 1:38 AM

by Len Amadora

Cebu Pacific (CEB) incorporates sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its operations beginning with its brand-new Airbus A33neo. The aircraft made its historic delivery flight departing from Toulouse, France, and arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila last May 20. The aircraft was powered by a blended mixture of SAF and conventional fuel. CEB intends to use SAF for the delivery of two more A33neo aircraft later this year.

Cebu Pacific’s brand-new Airbus A33neo

The new aircraft is CEB’s third A330neo and is the greenest aircraft in the industry given its fuel efficiency and carrying capacity. CEB’s A330neo is configured with 459 seats in a single-class layout and is fuel efficient, achieving 25% less fuel burn than previous-generation aircraft.

SAF is a “drop-in” replacement for fossil fuels, produced from renewable resources. The use of SAF results in an up to 85% reduction in carbon emissions across the SAF lifecycle. The chemical and physical characteristics of SAF are almost identical to those of conventional jet fuel and these can be safely mixed with regular jet fuel to varying degrees. SAF does not require any adaptations to the aircraft or engines, and does not have any negative impact on performance or maintenance.

The airline’s sustainability goal is aligned with global aviation’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As such, CEB invested in appropriate technologies and is practicing fuel-saving and emission reduction strategies.

The airline’s three major pillars on its sustainable journey are fleet modernization which aims, among others, having an all-Neo fleet by 2027; resource optimization, which includes pushing for fuel efficiency best practices; and utilizing SAF by launching green routes by 2025 and using SAF for its entire network by 2030.