Russian airline S7 Airlines has successfully completed its first flight in that country with sustainable aircraft fuel (SAF).

The A320neo plane, which flew from the Airbus factory in Toulouse to Moscow, was completely powered by a mixture of SAF, which consists of organic compounds and classic aviation fuel, Russia Today reports.

The fuel used on the flight contained 10% of biofuels, but even that amount reduced CO2 emissions on this flight by 7%, or 1.7 tons, the airline said in a statement.

According to the data of this carrier, the total use of SAF in the world is currently 0.03%. The airline recently announced plans to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Last week, several Russian airlines, including Aeroflot, announced the formation of the Eurasian SAF Alliance, which aims to start operating regular SAF-powered flights in Russia by 2024 at the latest.

– This is an opportunity to show that such flights are realistic and that it is the future for sustainable air traffic – said the executive director of S7, Tatjana Fileva, adding that it is now up to the fuel sector to organize sufficient SAF production in the medium term.

The head of Airbus in Russia, Julien Franjat, pointed out that Airbus planes are currently certified to fly with a 50 percent mixture of SAF, but that the company plans to increase that percentage to 100% by the end of the decade.

Airbus has already delivered to various customers more than 75 aircraft using SAF, and many airlines around the world are already using this fuel for commercial flights. Recently, on December 3, the American company United Airlines made the first passenger flight using 100% biofuel on one of the two engines of the plane, according to RT.

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