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Turkish Airlines Begins Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel on Flights

Focusing on protecting the richness of nature for the future generations in Turkey and in 128 countries in its flight network, Turkish Airlines started to use sustainable aviation fuel on its flights.

Aviation fuel obtained from sustainable sources was used for the first time on TK1823 flight that departed from Istanbul Airport for Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport on 2 February 2022.

While sustainable fuel will be used for one day a week on the chosen route, there are plans in place to use it on different routes on a wider scale.

The airline's hub airport took a significant step towards reducing the carbon footprint of its guests with the sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainable aviation fuel that will be used for Turkish Airlines has 87% less greenhouse gas compared to fossil fuels.

The fueling process is also facilitated by Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Fuel Services (TFS). Sourced from Neste company, environmentally friendly product is stored in TFS fuel farm, and gets loaded to aircraft after it gets blended with jet fuel.

Next goal of the carrier goes further than using sustainable fuel for its flights. Global brand is conducting "Microalgae Based Sustainable BioJet Fuel Project (MICRO-JET)" with Bogaziçi University with the support of TUBITAK. When the project is complete, first carbon negative integrated bio refinery of Turkey and Europe will start its service.

This sustainable fuel with high energy helps to decrease harmful particles of SOx and NOx emissions due to clean burn. Produced from sustainable raw materials and without any harmful heavy metals, this fuel will be used once a week as a start in Istanbul - Stockholm flights.

Turkish Airlines will continue to take preventative measures to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and maintain its support for efforts to develop a sustainable aviation fuel.

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