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February 26, 2024
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On Wednesday, Emirates operated a 38-minute flight out of Dubai International Airport and back with an Airbus A380 flying on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). While a world’s first that generated some good publicity for the airline, the special flight must be seen in a wider context. At the same time, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was having the third Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) in Dubai. The conference should produce new and concrete steps for the introduction of more SAF.

CAAF/3, which follows a week after the Dubai Airshow and precedes next week’s global COP28 conference at the former Dubai Expo venue, was already announced in October last year during the ICAO 41st Assembly. Back then, the 193 member states unanimously agreed on a long-term aspirational goal (LTAG) to get aviation to net zero in 2050.