Qatar Airways signs SAF agreement for Amsterdam Schiphol

Qatar Airways signs SAF agreement for Amsterdam Schiphol
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Qatar Airways have signed an agreement with Shell for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or SAF, at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS).

The agreement is a multi-million US dollar deal for 3,000 metric tonnes of neat SAF at Schiphol.

The company will be uplifting its Sustainable Aviation Fuel by 5% for the jet fuel requirements in Amsterdam for the fiscal year 2023-2024.

The Agreement With Qatar Airways At Amsterdam Schiphol…

Qatar Airways signs SAF agreement for Amsterdam Schiphol
Photo Credit: Emil Bree/AviationSource

Qatar Airways (QR) has on May 31 signed and announced the initial agreement with Shell.

The agreement will act as a part of the wider effort initiated by the oneworld alliance and its target of using 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel for combined fuel volumes by the year 2030.

Qatar Airways is the first carrier in the Middle East and Africa region to procure large amounts of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Europe beyond the government SAF mandates.


Sustainable Aviation Fuel offers great potential in decarbonization, as neat SAF can reduce full lifecycle emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel.

This again translates to Qatar Airways reducing emissions on their Amsterdam services, with estimated savings of 7,500 tonnes of CO2 through the fiscal year.

Passengers of Qatar Airways are currently able to compensate for their flight emissions through the purchase of high-quality carbon credits, credited under International Civil Aviation Organization criteria, the UN’s aviation body.

Executive Comments…

Qatar Airways signs SAF agreement for Amsterdam Schiphol
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On the agreement, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said:

“At Qatar Airways, we are strongly committed to supporting the industry’s effort to ramp up the use of sustainable aviation fuel as one of the key pillars to decarbonize the aviation industry.”

“Last year, we signed our first offtake agreement in the US, and now we are placing a multi-million US dollar SAF deal in Amsterdam to illustrate our SAF commitment and reiterate our calls for a more robust SAF supply chain across our global network,”

“We remain steadfast in our ambitious target of 10 percent SAF use by 2030, and this announcement establishes another landmark for Qatar Airways that underlines the positive outcome of the industry’s collaboration which is critical to accelerating the SAF supply and achieving our target.”

“SAF is still 3 to 5 times more expensive than fossil-based jet fuel. This is why it is essential for all stakeholders to play their part in facilitating research & development of SAF facilities, enhancing economies of scale, providing financing, and placing supportive policies,” he concluded.

Shell Aviation President, Mr. Jan Toschka, also commented on the agreement, saying:

“Qatar Airways and Shell have a history of collaboration, so it is fantastic to now work together on decarbonization as we supply them with SAF for the first time,”

“SAF is a key lever for decarbonizing aviation, but scaling its supply and use requires concerted action from across the aviation sector. Today’s agreement is a great example of the collaborative actions that are required to help accelerate aviation’s progress towards net zero.” Mr. Toschka concluded.

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