The airline will reduce emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere by 50 tons.
Air Europa aircraft will fly on fuel made from cooking oils.
Spanish airline Air Europa and petrochemical corporation Cepsa have reached an agreement to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the monthly Madrid-Havana flight.
According to a Cepsa press release, 14.4 tons of biofuels made from organic waste and used cooking oils will be used. This will be 2% of the total fuel in the aircraft. Such an initiative will prevent the emission of about 50 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to planting 575 trees.
According to the new ReFuelEU Aviation rules set by the European Union, airlines must use 2% biofuels from 2025, and then increase this amount to 6 % by 2030 and 70% by 2050. Air Europa's Madrid-Havana flight will be a test run ahead of this plan.
Cepsa produces second-generation (2G) biofuels from organic waste and used cooking oils at the La Rábida energy park in Palos de la Frontera, Huelva. The company has recently started selling SAF at Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Seville airports. To ensure stable supply to customers, Cepsa plans to build the largest second-generation biofuel plant in Southern Europe with Bio-Oils, with an investment of up to 1 billion euros. The Palos de la Frontera plant is scheduled to become operational in 2026 and have a production capacity of 500,000 tonnes of SAF and renewable diesel.