Ever since humans discovered fossil fuels, we have been using them to generate energy to power our vehicles and cities. Unfortunately, fossil fuels is a non-renewable resource and we would eventually run out of them.
Thus, researchers have been on a decade-long mission to look for renewable and sustainable fuels and one of the alternatives is the cooking oil that most of us have at home.
On Monday (30 May), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) announced that it will be operating its first passenger flight service fueled with ‘cooking oil’ or Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on 5 June, which comes in conjunction with World Environment Day.
The SAF-powered MH603 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and the MH606 flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur are in line with Malaysia Airlines’ commitment to a Sustainable Tomorrow.
Both the flights will be flown on Boeing 737-800 aircraft, using a blend of fuel that’s 38% SAF and conventional fossil jet fuel. This mixture is more sustainable than the current fuel that is made up completely of fossil fuels.
Although cooking oil and other palm-based materials are very suitable for biofuel, SAF can also be made using residue raw materials from flora and fauna, municipal waste, waste gases, and agricultural residue.
According to MAS, SAF can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. Hence, if this initiative is adopted by the world’s major carriers, it would be a major help in the fight against global warming and climate change.
MAS also said that the flights are one of many steps to progress towards achieving a cleaner, more viable fuel source for regular flights by 2025.
Meanwhile, the airline is giving a 15% discount on flights between the two countries on 5 June.
“Guests can book from now until 4 June 2022 to enjoy up to 15% off when they travel on the SAF-powered flights,” read the press release.
“To enjoy the discount, the promo code ‘SAF2022’ must be entered upon checkout on the Malaysia Airlines website.”
“Guests are encouraged to make their bookings the soonest possible as tickets are selling fast. MH603 is scheduled to depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) at 12:25, arriving at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) at 13:30. MH606 will depart SIN at 14:40, and arrive at KUL at 15:40.”
At the time of write, the tickets for the two flights are still available. If you are interested to get on board this special SAF flight, you can make your booking at the Malaysia Airlines website here.