Qatar Airways is leading the way in the development of cleaner-burning alternative fuels that reduce aviation’s impact on air quality.
We have partnered with Qatar Petroleum, Shell, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Qatar Science & Technology Park, and Woqod to advance the use of alternative fuels on commercial flights.
Together, we are striving to make a cleaner-burning jet fuel with a Gas to Liquids (GTL) kerosene blend that would replace standard fuels across the industry.
GTL jet fuel is a semi-synthetic, 50-50 blend of GTL and conventional jet fuel and can be used without any modifications to existing aircraft and engines.
The fuel is virtually free of sulphur and aromatics. As a result, the aircraft engine will emit less sulphur oxide and other pollutants. The environmental benefits of this are likely to include improved air quality around airports.
GTL jet fuel has a higher concentration of energy and weighs less than conventional jet fuel. It also offers improved thermal stability, so engines can run at hotter temperatures. This could potentially lead to better fuel economy, decreased aircraft weight, improved range performance, and decreased carbon dioxide emissions for specific aircraft/route combinations.
Cleaner-burning fuels could become a major factor in future air quality improvement initiatives for the entire airline industry.
With this in mind, construction of the world's largest GTL production plant is currently underway in Qatar. But we aren’t stopping there—we’re also researching the use of biofuels.