All Nippon Airways (ANA) has begun operating select commercial flights from Haneda and Narita airports in Japan using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Neste, a producer of renewable fuel sources.

The operations, which began in October, make ANA the first airline to use SAF on flights departing from Japan. The initiative also represents Finland-based Neste's first supply to an Asian airline.

The SAF from Neste is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. As with regular fuel, the SAF is tested on 10 items including flammability and density. After clearing the quality checks, the airplane is fueled with the SAF.

ANA and Neste have entered into a partnership with a multi-year agreement for the delivery of SAF.

Through utilizing SAF and reducing carbon emission levels, ANA will promote initiatives to pursue its environmental, social, and corporate governance goals, three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact.

Last month, the ANA Group also announced the launch of a new airline brand positioned between its full-service ANA and its low cost Peach brands to serve ‘medium distance’ international routes. The new brand is expected to begin operations in 2022.

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