Cathay Pacific is one of the airline carriers leading the way in incorporating biofuels into its operations.

The Hong Kong giant is including a blend of renewable fuel in the A350-1000 aircraft it will receive from Airbus  HQ in Toulouse on 19 June. It is the first A350-1000 of 20 the airline will receive by 2022, eight will be delivered this year.

“We have been at the forefront of many initiatives to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 is an important target that we take seriously and using alternative fuels is one of the key strategies in helping us to do so. We will continue to support the development and usage of biofuel to reach mainstream commercial viability,” said Rupert Hogg, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer.

It is very much the direction of travel, with airlines including China Airlines of Taiwan, Qantas, KLM and Air Canada investing in cleaner fuels – which NASA says have environmental benefits.