Air France, TotalEnergies, Métropole and Nice Côte d’Azur Airport joined forces to achieve a flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF.

Air France flight 6235 took off last Friday, October 1, at 18.30 from Terminal 2 at Nice airport bound for Paris-Orly after having been refuelled up to 30 percent with sustainable aviation fuel, produced by TotalEnergies.

The flight marked Nice Transition Days, an international festival of ecological innovations hosted and organised by the Nice-Côte d’Azur Metropolis.

After a first long-haul flight powered by SAF produced in France last May, this is an additional achievement for Air France and TotalEnergies to support and develop a French sector for the production of sustainable aviation fuels.

The SAF used on the flight avoided the emission of three tonnes of CO2. Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, said: “I am delighted that Nice is welcoming for the first time the departure of a Nice- Paris refuelled with 30 percent sustainable aviation fuel, symbolising the policy of transition to low-carbon modes of travel. This technological innovation, which illustrates the ecology of the future that I hope for, constitutes a crucial step forward in a sector which must imperatively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.”

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Nice Airport PHOTO: Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, (centre) welcomed the initiative