Today, Air France and KLM set a new standard for sustainable aviation CO2 footprint

Air France and KLM are convinced that the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be one of the most important drivers for achieving the net-zero ambition in 2050, as these non-fossil fuels can reduce aviation’s CO2 footprint by up to 80% over the course of the year. of their entire life cycle.

“Today, global SAF production covers only about 0.1% of the total fuel consumption in the aviation industry.

We need to increase the use of this and that is why we are now gradually incorporating SAF on all our flights departing from France and the Netherlands from January 2022. Since the majority of Air France and KLM passengers have a stopover or a transfer in France or the Netherlands, we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a more sustainable product. Compared to the previous year, the group will double the total consumption of sustainable aviation fuel in 2022, ”says Gijs van Popta, General Manager Air France and KLM North Europe.

From today, Air France and KLM include SAF in the price of their tickets – a fully transparent contribution, dedicated to buying SAF – to further accelerate the path towards more sustainable aviation. This contribution will be applied to all flights departing from or with transit in France and the Netherlands and will range from € 1 per person. intra-European flights up to € 4 for economy class intercontinental flights.

At the same time as we add SAF to all our tickets, we will also offer our customers who buy their tickets online the opportunity to further reduce their CO2 emissions by investing in supplementary SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel). This means that each and every customer can decide how sustainably they want to fly. We know that there is a great demand for more sustainable aviation, and we are convinced that our customers will appreciate the opportunity to add as much SAF as they want, ”says Gijs van Popta, General Manager Air France and KLM North Europe.


The Air France-KLM group is convinced that the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is central to the decarbonization of aviation. Currently produced from used cooking oil or forestry and agricultural residues, these non-fossil fuels do not compete with the human food industry and can be incorporated safely without modifying aircraft currently in operation. They can reduce the footprint of flights by an average of 80% over their entire life cycle and therefore constitute – alongside fleet renewal and eco-piloting – a major lever for achieving the ambition of zero net CO2 emissions by 2050, and the Group’s SBTi commitments.

The Air France-KLM Group is one of the pioneers in the use of SAF with first flights operated with SAF as early as 2011. Today, Air France-KLM actively supports the creation of an industrial sector specialized in the production of SAF, particularly in Europe, so that the aviation sector can benefit from these fuels in sufficient quantities and at a price that encourages their widespread use. In the absence of industrial production, the cost of using sustainable aviation fuels is four to eight times higher than that of fossil fuels.

Air France-KLM encourages all stakeholders in the airline industry as well as its customers to take steps to promote all existing decarbonization levers as soon as possible. Going forward, the Group’s decarbonization trajectory is to accelerate SAF incorporation as production increases, with a target of 5% in 2030 and up to 63% in 2050.

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