Korean Air Introduces Cargo Sustainable Aviation Fuel Program

Korean Air announced it will launch a program to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for air cargo operations in cooperation with air cargo customers and forwarders.

Customers can make customised contributions through the Korean Air Cargo SAF program and reduce their carbon footprint. Korean Air will then use the contributions to purchase additional SAF and share with customers the amount of carbon emissions reduced by using SAF.

The airline’s initiative is part of its ongoing effort to reduce carbon emissions and raise awareness in the air cargo sector to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“We’re pleased to work together with our clients to reduce carbon emissions from cargo operations through the SAF program,” said Jaedong Eum, Senior Vice President and Head of Korean Air’s Cargo Business Division. “Korean Air is committed to sustainable development with our next generation in mind.”

Korean Air said it has been at the forefront in paving the way for SAF usage in the Korean domestic aviation industry. The airline has actively participated in the Korean government’s “eco-friendly biofuel activation alliance” since last October, to introduce and promote new biofuel in Korea.

The airline said it will continue to work with stakeholders in the government, private institutions, and refiners to review various domestic and international demonstration projects to increase SAF production and application.

SAF is an environmentally friendly aviation fuel derived from alternative raw materials that may be blended with existing conventional jet fuel.

From production to consumption, sustainably produced SAF may reduce carbon footprint by up to 80% compared to existing fossil-derived aviation fuel. IATA expects SAF to account for 65% of the mitigation needed to achieve the industry’s net-zero goals by 2050.