Mexico City, Mexico — Aeromexico says it will operate its first flights between the United States and Mexico using biofuel. The airline made the announcement last week explaining that the change will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 27 tons.
The Mexican airline reported that it will use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on flights that will depart from San Francisco, California to Guadalajara and Mexico City starting November 6. The flights are operated on Boeing 737-800 aircraft with GE / Safran CFM56 engines. For these trips, almost 40,000 liters of biofuel made from animal fat and vegetable oil waste were purchased, along with Jet A fuel.
This is the beginning of the long-term partnership with Neste Company, a supplier of renewable fuel and considered one of the most sustainable companies in the world.
The use of biofuel allows airlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent. In 2010, several flights with sustainable fuels were operated between Mexico and Costa Rica as part of the Green Flights campaign.
In 2011, the first transatlantic flight was made between Mexico and Madrid with biofuel and in 2012, a flight was made to São Paulo for the RIO + 20 United Nations Sustainable Development conference, initiatives of the company’s operations engineering team.
María Dolores Paradis, the airline’s Sustainable Project Planning Manager, said “the reduction of CO2 emissions is part of our sustainable strategy to combat climate change.
“For more than a decade, we have had a fuel efficiency program that has allowed us to reduce around 270,000 tons of CO2, the equivalent of the circulation of 105,000 cars a year in Mexico City.”