All Nippon Airways (ANA) used a blend of jet fuel and sustainable fuel for the delivery flight of its latest Boeing 777-300ER.

The aircraft was flown from Boeing’s facility in Everett, Washington to Japan on 30 October using fuel made from waste gas-derived ethanol produced by LanzaTech. ANA said it worked closely with the company to inspect the fuel’s quality, as well as ensure transport and blending the fuel for loading onto the aircraft.

The airline said the success of the flight is “a major step toward full-scale sustainable aviation fuel use in the future”.

Executive vice president Yutaka Ito commented: “We are very excited by the success of the delivery flight, not just because we have added a new aircraft to our fleet but also because it represents an important milestone in our efforts to establish higher standards for ecologically conscious travel.

“Our decision to prioritise the use of sustainable aviation fuels closely aligns with our vision of a world where companies proactively respond to calls for environmentally-friendly leadership. This important flight provides the insight we need to increase the use of alternative energy sources and is just one of many steps ANA is taking to meet the ambitious sustainable development goals that we have set.”

Earlier this year, ANA purchased 70,000 US gallons of sustainable aviation fuel to use on commercial flights from San Francisco to Tokyo. The airline was also named on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the third consecutive year.

The airline is undertaking a number of environmental projects, including the removal of single-use plastics from its on-board service and its lounges.

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