Cargolux becomes first airline to use SAF at Luxembourg Airport

A Cargolux freight is loaded at Luxembourg Airport.
Photo Credit: Cargolux

Cargolux became the first airline to uplift sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Luxembourg Airport with the use of the fuel on a celebratory cargo flight. 

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ was supplied to the airport’s fuel storage using NATO’s Central European Pipeline System (CEPS) in cooperation with World Fuel Services and supported by Luxembourg Airport.

Luxembourg-Zhengzhou on SAF blend

Cargolux used Neste’s SAF to operate a celebratory cargo flight from Luxembourg to Zhengzhou, the airline’s biggest hub in mainland China, marking the upcoming 10-year anniversary since Cargolux first started operating services to Zhengzhou in 2014. 

The cooperation between the four companies highlights the importance of strong partnerships contributing to the aviation industry’s net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050.

Sustainable aviation fuel is a key lever to meeting this target, and using existing fuel infrastructure will accelerate the availability of SAF at airports across the globe.

“This initiative marks a first for all involved, and I am proud of the smooth process we witnessed throughout from delivery to uplift. This is a milestone in Cargolux’s sustainable engagement and a significant step in our ambitious carbon reduction roadmap.”

“We look forward to continuing this journey in collaboration with lux-Airport, World Fuel Services and Neste, with whom we share a common vision for a sustainable industry,” states Richard Forson, Cargolux President & CEO


“We are excited to supply our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for this celebratory Cargolux cargo flight from Luxembourg Airport in cooperation with World Fuel Services,” says Alexander Kueper, Vice President EMEA from the Renewable Aviation business unit at Neste.

CEPS pipeline system

“It is a great example of collaboration with partners across aviation’s value chain to make SAF available. It builds on earlier deliveries of Neste’s SAF to Cargolux at Amsterdam Airport and previous deliveries of SAF to airports via the CEPS pipeline system.”

Luxembourg Airport has been a facilitator and promoter of sustainability initiatives for aviation operations. The airport like others maintains the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2030.

Alexander Flassak, CEO lux-Airport, acknowledged the first blended SAF powered flight by the cargo airline as part of that overriding initiative, saying: “As the home base of Cargolux, we at lux-Airport, highly appreciate Cargolux’s approach to environmental leadership for cleaner skies.”

“We want to express our congratulations to Cargolux on the first-ever SAF flight from Luxembourg, which is a truly remarkable milestone in the country’s environmentally friendly aviation approach,” he said.

Representing the first successful delivery of blended sustainable aviation fuel via the CEPS pipeline also marks a significant milestone for the company World Fuel Services.

“Through a collaborative effort with Neste and Cargolux, we have successfully transported blended SAF across multiple countries, showcasing our determination to provide reliable renewable fuel solutions,” says Duncan Storey, vice president, supply aviation Europe, World Fuel Services.  

“Improving access to sustainable aviation fuel is crucial for a greener future. As a leading player in the industry, we are proud to be at the forefront of this effort, working closely with our partners and stakeholders to make sustainable aviation a reality.”

Sustainable aviation fuel

SAF is a renewable aviation fuel providing a more sustainable alternative to conventional, fossil-based jet fuel. It is widely recognized as a key solution for achieving the aviation sector’s emission reduction goals.

Using unblended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%* over the fuel’s life cycle compared to using fossil jet fuel.

Neste MY SAF is produced from sustainably sourced, 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials, including used cooking oil and animal fat waste.

SAF is blended with conventional jet fuel and works seamlessly with existing fueling infrastructure and aircraft engines. 

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