Neste Enables First Thai Airways Flight Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Thai Airways, the flag carrier airline of Thailand, operated its first flight using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on December 13, 2023.

A Thai Airways (THAI) Boeing 777 was refueled with blended SAF at Phuket Airport in Thailand for the return flight to Bangkok International Airport.

The blended SAF was supplied by PTT, a Thai oil and gas company, in collaboration with Petco Trading Labuan, the marketing and trading arm of Malaysian energy group Petronas.

The Southeast Asian carrier said this first flight, resulting from a strong collaboration between the companies involved, illustrates THAI’s commitment to achieving the aviation industry’s 2050 net zero carbon emission goal.

A local event at Phuket Airport also involving stakeholders such as Airports of Thailand and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), marked this milestone for THAI.

The flight also demonstrates Neste’s ongoing commitment as a leading producer of SAF to support the reduction of aviation-related emissions, working together with partners across the value chain to raise awareness of SAF and to increase its availability around the world.

“We are excited that Thai Airways used our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for its first flight with SAF. The aviation industry is committed to ambitious climate targets, and sustainable aviation fuel plays a crucial role in reaching those goals. Neste is working together with partners such as PTT and Petco Trading to increase the availability and use of SAF, and we look forward to further growing the supply of SAF in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President of APAC from the Renewable Aviation business at Neste.