Oneworld has announced an agreement for member carriers to purchase over 350 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), to be used for operations at San Francisco International.

The agreement with renewable fuels company Aemetis will cover a seven-year delivery term from 2024, for blended SAF consisting of 40 per cent sustainable fuel and 60 per cent petroleum jet fuel.

The alliance said that member carriers including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways will look to utilise the SAF for their operations at the airport, “with the potential for additional Oneworld members to participate in the coming months”.

In September last year Oneworld unveiled an alliance-wide commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Oneworld member airlines commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Oneworld also has a target of 10 per cent sustainable aviation fuel use across the alliance by 2030.

Commenting on the news Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney said:

“This announcement for the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel continues to demonstrate what we can achieve together as an alliance and underlines the importance of collaboration in the important work to advance environmental sustainability.

“This latest milestone signals our commitment in driving forward momentum for the development of sustainable aviation fuel, which is crucial in reducing carbon emissions in the aviation sector.”

Last month International Airlines Group (of which Oneworld’s British Airways and Iberia are member carriers) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Velocys for the purchase of an expected 73 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel.

IAG signs deal for 73 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel