MIAMI – London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the United Kingdom has integrated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into airport operations, according to an airport press release.

Two partners, Vitol Aviation and Neste, have worked with LHR to integrate the SAF into the main fuel supply, according to the release.

The release also states that the SAF supply is enough to fuel “5-10 short haul flights,” a small but important step, especially considering the size and prominence of LHR.

British Airways Boeing 787-9 registered as G-ZBKA at LHR. Photo Milan Witham / Airways

Small but Significant Step for Sustainability

The use of the Neste SAF, produced in part from food waste materials, will have the potential to reduce “up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use,” according to the release.

London Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye hailed the fact “that Heathrow is the first UK major airport to successfully incorporate sustainable aviation fuels into its operation,” according to the release.

The popularity of SAF within the aviation industry is growing, with Air France (AF) operating a long-haul flight on SAF and research suggesting that SAF could provide a £2.9bn boost to the British economy.

Featured image: British Airways Boeing 777 departing LHR Photo: Milan Witham/Airways