2 June 2022
As the world struggles to slow down the effects of global warming, we continue to damage the planet. This isn’t supposed to sound like some holier-than-thou statement. It’s just a fact, and not all of us can do much about it. As bad as it sounds, we’re slaves to fossil fuels. It’s what makes us tick.
But that doesn’t mean it’s too late for big, powerful companies to do their part in trying to reduce (not necessarily reverse) the damage inflicted.
Committing to a sustainable tomorrow.
Malaysia Airlines has announced its first passenger flights using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, and from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on June 5, 2022.
The flights – MH603 and MH606 – come in conjunction with World Environment Day, which falls on June 5 itself, marking a significant step towards (hopefully) greener horizons in the aviation industry.
Both Malaysia Airlines flights will be flown on Boeing 737-800 aircrafts, using a blend of fuel that’s 38 percent SAF and conventional fossil jet fuel. Compared to aviation fuel that’s made up completely of fossil fuels, this more sustainable mixture is derived from 100 percent renewable waste and residue raw materials such as cooking oil.
Though cooking oil and other palm-based materials are very suitable for biofuel, SAF can also be made using residue raw materials from flora and fauna, municipal waste, waste gases, and agricultural residue to name a few.
According to a Malaysia Airlines statement, the SAF being used can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent. If said fuel is incorporated into the fleets of all the world’s major carriers, one can only imagine the amount of good it’ll do in the fight against global warming and climate change.
For people interested in getting on one of these flights.
As of press time, tickets for the two flights are still available.
MH603 departs Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) at 12.25 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) at 1.30 p.m. For people who want to fly the other way around, MH606 departs SIN at 2.40 p.m. and lands in KUL at 3.40 p.m.
All times stated are local times!
As an added bonus, people who book these flights will also be able to enjoy a 15-percent discount on their ticket fare, as long as you use the promo code “SAF2022” upon checkout at the Malaysia Airlines website.
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