India completes 1st flight with domestically produced SAF using Gevo alcohol-to-jet technology
India successfully completed its first commercial passenger flight using a domestically produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend, Gevo Inc. announced May 19.
AirAsia India flight i5-767, powered by a blend of SAF supplied by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. in partnership with Praj Industries Ltd., successfully completed the journey between Pune and New Delhi.
The SAF sourced for this initiative by Praj Industries was made possible through a partnership with Gevo using Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology to produce SAF using biobased feedstock.
Praj Industries produced SAF samples at its state-of-the-art R&D facility, Praj Matrix, which underwent rigorous testing at IOCL laboratories before being blended for the special flight.
The milestone represents a significant step forward in India’s commitment to sustainable aviation and showcases the dedication of the Air India group, IOCL and Praj Industries.
With unwavering support and guidance from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, these organizations are diligently working to develop and propagate indigenous solutions that mitigate the environmental impact of aviation and pave the way for widespread adoption of SAF in India.
“This historic achievement for the country of India of flying with carbohydrate-based alcohol-to-jet SAF showcases the incredible potential of utilizing locally sourced feedstock,” said Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo.
“It highlights the critical role of the farming community in India’s journey towards energy independence and sustainable growth,” Gruber continued. “Gevo is proud to partner with Praj Industries in developing innovative solutions that contribute to a greener future.”