Korean Air partners with LX Pantos for bio-aviation fuel business
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Korean Air partners with LX Pantos for bio-aviation fuel business

Korean Air, South Korea’s flag carrier, has announced a partnership with domestic logistics company LX Pantos to enhance its bio-aviation fuel business. LX Pantos will procure biofuel for Korean Air’s cargo operation, contributing to the reduction of the airline’s carbon emissions.

Biofuels, derived from plant or animal oils, emit significantly lower amounts of carbon dioxide compared to traditional fossil fuels. Korean Air aims to expand its bio-aviation fuel business and accelerate the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the Korean market through this collaboration.

Korean Air’s cargo business division head, Eum Jae-dong, said, “Together, we hope to cooperate closely to expedite the commercialisation of SAF, a common goal in the aviation industry, and enhance awareness of SAF utilisation in the Korean market.”

Oh Keun-taek, head of the air freight business unit at LX Pantos, stated that the partnership will strengthen LX Pantos’ environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities and contribute to creating a sustainable logistics environment through cooperation with Korean Air on SAF.

Korean Air is also engaged in a green aviation fuel project with GS Caltex, a major domestic oil refiner. The airline conducted a successful cargo flight powered by cooking oil-based fuel from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport to Los Angeles on September 5. In 2023, a total of six cargo flights will be tested using bio-aviation fuel.