(ECNS) -- Airbus Tianjin on Wednesday delivered an A320neo aircraft to China Eastern Airlines, which is powered by 5 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its delivery flight from Tianjin to Xi'an in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
It will be the first SAF delivery flight for a single-aisle aircraft assembled by Airbus in China.
SAF is a sustainable alternative fuel comprising animal fat waste, vegetable oil, urban waste, agricultural and forestry waste as raw materials.
Compared with traditional fossil fuels, SAF can reduce carbon emissions by up to 85 percent from raw material collection to end-user stage.
The SAF applied in this delivery was refined and produced by Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co with waste catering oil as raw material.
It was the first batch of domestic SAF after the large-scale production of China's first sustainable aviation fuel industrial plant.
China Eastern Airlines is committed to advancing the development of sustainable fuel as the reduction of carbon emissions has always been a key issue for civil aviation.
It obtained the No.1 Bio-Jet Fuel Chartered Flight License issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China as early as April 2013 and started the journey powered by domestic-developed bio-jet fuel for the first time in China.