Vistara becomes first Indian Airline to operate domestic flight with sustainable fuel
This is the first time that an Indian carrier has operated a commercial, domestic flight on a wide-body aircraft, using a blend of 17 percent SAF with 83 percent conventional jet fuel
Full-service carrier Vistara on Thursday said it operated a Boeing 787 aircraft on the Delhi-Mumbai route, using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This is the first time that an Indian carrier has operated a commercial, domestic flight on a wide-body aircraft, using a blend of 17 percent SAF with 83 percent conventional jet fuel, the airline said in a statement.
The Delhi-Mumbai flight using blended with SAF helped the airline reduce approximately 10,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, it said.
Last month, the joint venture of Tata Group-Singapore Airlines Vistara operated a wide-body aircraft on a long-haul international route using sustainable aviation fuel, which was also the first time for an Indian airline.
A blend of 30 percent SAF and 70 percent conventional jet fuel was used on a ferry flight between Charleston International Airport, South Carolina, to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, which resulted in the reduction of approximately 150,000 pounds of CO2 emissions over fuel's life cycle, Vistara said.
Besides Air India, the group also owns low-cost carrier AIX Connect (AirAsia India) and international budget airline Air India Express.
These two airlines are also set to be integrated into one single entity, which is planned to be operated as a low-cost airline.
Vistara, in a statement, said that along with other airline companies of the TATA Group, it has been working extensively towards the reduction of carbon emissions through the use of sustainable technologies.