Air France-KLM announced Monday to increase the prices of its tickets from 1 to 12 euros in order to offset part of the additional cost of using sustainable aviation fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions.
“A” Sustainable Aviation Fuel “contribution will be included from January 10 in the price of the ticket: from 1 to 4 euros in the Economy cabin, from 1.50 to 12 euros in the Business cabin, depending on the distance,” said Air France in a message to its customers. All the companies in the group – Air France, the Dutch KLM and the low-cost Transavia – are affected by the measure.
The companies will integrate sustainable fuel “on flights from France and the Netherlands,” said the group in a press release. This will represent “0.5% to 1% of the total amount of fuel used by the group,” he says.
Fuel four to eight times more expensive
Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), which are produced from used oils or forestry and agricultural residues, reduce CO2 emissions, the main greenhouse gas, by 75% over their life cycle. compared to fossil aviation fuel.
Aviation kerosene currently accounts for between 20% and 30% of airline costs, and SAFs are four to eight times more expensive. They are currently produced in a quantity far too insufficient to meet the needs.
“The emergence of sectors for large-scale production, in France and in Europe, will make it possible to reduce these costs”, according to Air France. Like the rest of the airline sector, the company must also rebuild its cash flow after the shock of Covid-19 which drowned it in debt.
Zero emission target in 2050 for air transport
Air France is also offering its passengers, starting this Thursday, “voluntarily contributing to the purchase of additional sustainable aviation fuel” on its website to reduce the carbon footprint of their journeys. “Each euro of voluntary contribution will be invested in the purchase of these fuels,” she assures us.
On January 1, France introduced an obligation to incorporate 1% of sustainable fuel into aviation kerosene and set up a roadmap to increase to 2% in 2025 then 5% in 2030. The European Commission, as part of its new “Fit for 55” climate package, also proposes a gradual incorporation mandate, ranging from 2% in 2025 to 63% in 2050.
360 billion liters of fuel used in 2019
Global air transport, which contributes 2.5 to 3% of global emissions, has set itself the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To do this, it is counting on the renewal of fleets with more fuel-efficient planes, but most of the expected gains will come from the use of non-fossil fuels.
Sustainable fuels accounted for less than 0.1% of the 360 billion liters of fuel used by aviation in 2019.