First Flight Using Two Types of SAF

July 13, 2021 — On June 17, 2021, Japan Airlines (JAL) conducted the first flight using two types of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the same time. The two types of fuel, ASTM D7566 Annex A1 Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (FT-SPK) and Annex A7 Hydroprocessed Hydrocarbons, Esters and Fatty Acids Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (HHC-SPK or HC-HEFA-SPK) specifications, were blended making up 9.1% of the fuel for the flight. Velocys a produced the Annex A1 fuel from wood chips and IHI Corpoation produced the Annex A7 fuel from algae. Velocys produced their fuel in collaboration with Toyo Engineering Corporation using Toyo’s commercial projects to produce SAF using Velocys’ proprietary micro-channel FT technology enabling both SAFs to be produced in Japan. This flight was the first in the world to combine multiple typed of SAF.

More information about the flight can be found in JAL’s press release here and Velocys’ here.

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