Air France increases its prices to put sustainable fuel in its planes

The other companies in the group, KLM and Transavia, are also affected by the measure, said Air France.

Air France has announced Monday 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 integrated from from 10 January in the price of the ticket: from 1 to 4 euros in Economy cabin, from 1, 50 to 12 euros in the Business cabin, depending on the distance “, she affirms in a message to her customers.

The other companies of the group, KLM and Transavia, are also concerned by the measure, specified Air France.

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), which are produced from used oils or forestry and agricultural residues, reduce 75% over their life cycle of CO2 emissions, the main greenhouse gas, compared to fossil aviation fuel.

The Aviation kerosene currently represents between 20% and 20% 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.

Only 0.1% of the fuel used by civil aviation

“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 replenish its cash flow after the shock of the Covid – 19 which drowned it under debts.

Air France is also offering its passengers, from Thursday, “voluntarily contributing to the purchase of additional sustainable aviation fuel” on its website to reduce the carbon footprint of their trips. “Each euro of voluntary contribution will be invested in the purchase of these fuels”, she assures.

France introduced on January 1 an obligation to incorporate 1% of sustainable fuel in 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 climate package “Fit for 55”, is also proposing a gradual incorporation mandate, ranging from 2% in 2025 at 63% in 2050.

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 represented less 0.1% of 360 billion liters of fuel used by aviation in 2019 .