Air France-KLM and TotalEnergie sign 10 year SAF deal


Air France-KLM and TotalEnergies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for 10 years.

TotalEnergies will deliver 800,000 tonnes of SAF to the airline group between 2023 and 2032.

It will be used for Air France-KLM Group’s airlines flying from France and the Netherlands.

Air France-KLM  is committed to only buying SAF fuels that do not compete with human food or animal feed. It expects supplies to be RSB or ISCC certified for sustainability. The group will not buy any SAF where palm oil is used as a feedstock.

“Air France-KLM is fully committed to advancing SAF production in Europe and around the world. This Memorandum of Understanding with TotalEnergies is another building block to further the development of a French SAF industry that can meet the airlines’ needs,” said Benjamin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM. “This therefore marks a fundamental milestone in the successful de-carbonization of our business. We are continuing to step up our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible,” 

Air France-KLM Group and TotalEnergies have been working on SAF for nearly 10 years.  In 2014 they started a two-year experiment during were 78 Air France flights between Paris-Orly and Toulouse, and between Paris-Orly and Nice were fuelled with 10% SAF.

“Biofuel development is one of our Company’s strategic priorities. This new partnership with Air France-KLM exemplifies the excellence of industry and French aerospace in committing to a more sustainable aviation sector,”said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies. By directly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our air transport customers, we are actively working with them to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, together with society.” 

 TotalEnergies has also supplied SAF for:

  • In May 2021, the first Air France long-haul flight, between Paris and Montreal, powered with a blend that included 16% SAF produced in France;
  • In October 2021, an Air France flight between Paris and Nice was powered with 30% SAF;
  • In May 2022, an Air France flight operated as part of the SkyTeam Sustainable Flight Challenge, between Paris and Montreal, with 16% SAF;
  • In June 2022, several flights, planned by all of the Air France-KLM Group’s airlines as part of the Connecting Europe Days, were powered with 30% SAF.