London, Nov. 15, 2022 –Air France-KLM today announced that Southall Travel has become the first company in the UK to join the Air France-KLM Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) programme making a further step towards reducing the CO2 footprint of air travel.
Air France and KLM are actively working on their ambitious road map towards decarbonisation. Next to fleet modernisation and more efficient operations, SAF is a major lever towards reducing the environmental impact of air travel. Air France and KLM have been involved for many years in research and development programmes in the field of alternative fuels and in 2011 were among the first to operate commercial flights with SAF, demonstrating that usage of non-fossil fuels is possible. However, currently, less than 1% of the fuel used on commercial flights comes from sustainable sources; this needs to change. The corporate SAF programme allows Air France-KLM to partner with organisations to accelerate the production and usage of SAF, and thus pave the way towards making SAF more readily available with the aim to contribute to a more sustainable future in aviation.
With this partnership, Southall Travel Limited will actively support the transition from the use of conventional fossil fuel to Sustainable Aviation Fuel throughout 2023 and contribute to addressing the global ecological challenge of the aviation industry.
Fahmi Mahjoub, General Manager of Air France-KLM (UK & Ireland) said:
“I am very excited to welcome Southall Travel as the first company in the UK to join our Corporate SAF programme. This is a major step forward in addressing our sustainability challenge as an aviation company by partnering with a UK business to help the environment. I would like to thank Southall Travel for taking this step with us. Today marks the start of a new level of cooperation across the industry and we hope that this news helps spread the awareness in the UK and that more companies will join us in making SAF more readily available around the globe.”
Jaymin Borkhatria, Chief Commercial Officer of Southall Travel said:
“Southall Travel is delighted to be partnering with Air France-KLM in the UK for their Corporate SAF programme. As the UK’s leading travel company, this is a valuable opportunity for us to support and create awareness for the Corporate SAF programme and its important cause. We are excited to be part of this important initiative to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to more sustainable ways to travel.”
For more information on Air France and KLM Corporate Sustainability programme, please visit: https://afkl-safprogram.com/en/