Flag carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) has used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in the country to operate a commercial flight for the first time.

Made with a blend of SAF and traditional jet kerosene, the fuel was utilised onboard Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with flight number JL319.

The aircraft took off from Tokyo-Haneda and successfully completed the two-hour flight to Fukuoka.

In a statement, the carrier said: “JAL fully recognises that the airline industry plays an integral role to protect the planet and regards environmental conservation as a vital issue in its Medium-Term Management Plan.

“The carrier will continue striving to achieve key environmental goals and contribute to a greener environment for future generations.”

Japan’s Environmental Ministry has recognised JAL as an Eco-First company.

In October 2018, the airline embarked on a programme to develop a domestically produced SAF by converting cotton clothing.

The project saw the company partner with Green Earth Institute Co for technical support.

Around 250,000 discarded pieces of clothing were gathered for the project with the help from more than 50 Japanese companies.

Using the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for Earth’s (RITE) bioprocess technology, the clothing was converted into SAF.

The first SAF produced in Japan was created last March.

Earlier this month, Rolls-Royce tested 100% SAF on Pearl 700 business aviation engine for the first time as part of its goal to operate reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.