In a bid to strengthen eco-efficiency and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using a blend of alternative jet fuel, Hong Kong based Cathy Pacific is taking delivery of its first A350-1000 aircraft, out of total 20 the airline ordered. The Cathy sources informed that a further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018. Rest of these technologically-advanced aircraft on order will be delivered over the next four years.
Commenting on the acquisition of these new aircraft Mr Rupert Hogg, Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Pacific maintained, “We have been at the forefront of many initiatives to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 is an important target that we take seriously and using alternative fuels is one of the key strategies in helping us to do so. We will continue to support the development and usage of bio-fuel to reach mainstream commercial viability.”
It may be recalled that Cathay Pacific operated the longest bio-fuel delivery flight at the time when taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft in 2016. Twenty-two aircraft of this type have so far been delivered with a 10 per cent blend of alternative jet fuel in their tanks.
Compared to traditional jet fuel, bio-fuel can reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent. Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 delivery flights using blended bio-fuel are supported by its partners, Airbus and Total.