Thai Airways joins with PTT OR to champion Sustainable Aviation Fuel 

Officials of Thai Airways and PTT OR at signing ceremony.
Photo Credit: Thai Airways

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and PTT Oil and Retail Business Public Company Limited have jointly signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for pilot flights and future cooperation.

SAF in the mass market

Thai Airways chief corporate strategy stated that the partnership with PTT OR using SAF, is to lower carbon emission fuel, compared to the traditional fossil fuels. 

This partnership will create a new sustainable eco-system in Thailand and throughout the ASEAN (South East Asian Region). 

SAF is produced through different mediums including; used cooking oil, sugarcane ethanol, and waste can be produced into SAF. With this formula, this releases 80 percent less carbon dioxide than regular aviation fuel throughout its serviceable lifespan. 

The sustainable mixture became widely adapted when mixing with the orthodox Jet A1 regular aviation fuel – this does not require engine conversion. 


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A Thai Airways Boeing 777 on the taxiway.
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THAI’s Sustainability Goals

Thailand’s flag carrier is committed to achieving the widely agreed 2050 net zero emission goal domestically and internationally, which is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the European Union.

The collaboration between Thai Airways and PTT OR according to Mr. Suchat is set to become stronger than ever through the uptake of the SAF. This month we see the launch a pilot flight of THAI to Phuket International Airport (HKT). 

This will create an important milestone where OR SDG’s values especially of the letter ‘G’ or GREEN aim to promote sustainable economic growth; in this case, achieving carbon neutrality within 2030 through sustainable aviation growth. 

PTT OR’s Initiative and SAF Landscape in Thailand  

PTT OR has been interested in the discipline of SAF for a while.

The company signed an MOU studying the development of, and investment in SAF between the PTT Group, PTT Public Company Limited, Thai Oil Public Company Limited (Thai Oil), PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC), and IRPC Public Company Limited (IRPC) on November 9, 2022

These companies are committed to improving the sustainability landscape in Thailand and helping Thai aviation companies forge towards the Net Zero goal by 2050. 

The company is one of Thailand’s leading in the green energy transition and one of the top businesses prioritizing growth alongside global sustainability.

Therefore, the company has expanded the use of biofuel in its operations instead of fossil fuels, making use of waste and leftovers as well as biofuel raw materials in the production of such SAF. 

This energy solution promotes and recycles biological products available in the country and maximizes economic benefit.

It serves as a driver for the development of sustainable energy innovations to diversify Thailand’s economic development, along with promoting a good quality of life and sustainability for the community, society, and for the country in the future.

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