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CEB operates country’s first SAF-powered flight, takes off from Narita to Manila

Cebu Pacific and JG Summit officials take the lead in operating Flight 5J 5055 from Narita to Manila powered by sustainable aviation fuel. (JERRY S. TAN)

The first Philippine carrier to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) was operated by Cebu Pacific (CEB), in a commercial flight that left from Japan going to Manila.

Flight 5J 5055 from Narita made CEB the first Philippine carrier to use SAF in a commercial flight from Japan. Said flight was operated with an Airbus 321neo, using 40 percent blended SAF produced by Neste Corporation and supplied by Itochu Corporation a combination that resulted in a 44 percent reduction in carbon emissions per passenger, setting a new record for CEB’s SAF-powered flights.

It will be recalled that CEB operated its first passenger flight powered by SAF in September 2022 from Singapore to Manila, making it the first low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia to incorporate SAF in its commercial operation. The airline aims to integrate blended SAF for its entire commercial network by 2030.

“We look forward to partnering with Cebu Pacific as we strive towards sustainable aviation. Our collaboration underscores the growing demand for SAF in the Asia-Pacific region and we are ready to meet that need,” said Atsushi Onishi, Senior Officer of Itochu’s Energy Division.

Passengers on the inaugural flight were part of the celebration, receiving commemorative tokens and engaging in in-flight activities. The initiative was also warmly welcomed by Narita International Airport.

“We are honored that Cebu Pacific has chosen Narita International Airport for this initiative. Being one of the select airlines to mount SAF flights in Japan, Cebu Pacific’s commitment to sustainability is commendable,” said Toshio Tashiro, Executive Officer of Narita International Airport.

Prior to the commercial flight, CEB signed a strategic partnership with Neste to work towards establishing a long-term supply of SAF across the Asia-Pacific. This initiative aligns with the airline’s sustainability goal to gradually integrate SAF into its operations, thereby reducing its carbon emissions footprint and promoting environmental consciousness.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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