China Airlines Takes Delivery of A350 XWB Powered with Biofuel Mix

Taiwanese carrier joins sustainable fuel initiative for Airbusdelivery flights 

Toulouse, November 30, 2017: China Airlines of Taiwan has become the second airline to join a program to use a blend of traditional and sustainable biofuels to power aircraft for delivery flights from Airbus. The aircraft involved is the tenth A350-900 for China Airlines, which left the manufacturer’s delivery center in Toulouse today for its new home in Taipei with a 10 percent blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks.

The sustainable fuel option for delivery flights has been developed by Airbus in association with Air Total, the aviation subsidiary of the global energy operator. In order to stock the eco-friendly product, Air Total has installed the first ever biofuel station adjacent to the Airbus delivery center in Toulouse. A total of 21 aircraft have so far been delivered by Airbus since the facility was inaugurated in May 2016.

“China Airlines is proud to have taken delivery of its first aircraft to be partially powered by sustainable biofuel,” China Airlines ChairmanHo, Nuan-Hsuan said.  “This reflects our clear commitment to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment and to be among those airlines leading the way to use alternative fuel sources. With the A350 XWB in our fleet we are already significantly reducing our carbon footprint and we are excited that this can be extended even further with the use of new biofuels.”

“We are excited to welcome China Airlines to our sustainable fuel program,” said Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus. “Today’s delivery demonstrates once again that biofuels are a reality today. We are moving towards the regular use of new and sustainable energy sources in our industry, helping to meet the commitments of the international civil aviation community.”

In addition to Toulouse, Airbus is now working towards introducing the option for the use of biofuels for delivery flights from its facilities in Hamburg, Germany and Mobile, US. First deliveries from these sites are set to begin in 2018. The option will also subsequently become available from the company’s facility in Tianjin, China.

Reflecting its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus was the first manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new aircraft with a blend of sustainable fuel. As part of its wider environmental strategy, the company Airbus intends to continue its efforts by collaborating with all stakeholders in the biofuels sector.

Source: Airbus

Neste’s Matti Lievonen awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology

Honoring the successful promotion of clean transportation fuels

Keilaranta, Finland, October 7, 2016: Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste, has been awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the Aalto University Schools of Technology at the joint Ceremonial Conferment on 7 October 2016.
According to Aalto University, Matti Lievonen has successfully promoted the development of clean transportation fuels as well as the nationally important Finnish bioeconomy strategy in developing renewable transportation fuels. Renewable biofuels developed in Finland are proved to be competitive in both technology and business at the international level. The cooperation between Neste and the Aalto University School of Chemical Technologyhttps://hugin.info/133386/I/2047587/110439.jpg has played an important role in this work.
“I highly appreciate the Honorary Doctorate conferred on me. Chemistry and its applications offer endless possibilities for innovation and creation of new business. Neste Renewable Diesel is a good example and I know there is more to come”, Matti Lievonen says.  
Neste's Matti Lievonen awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology

Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste Corporation

Source: Neste