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SpiceJet, Boeing and CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum Join Hands to Lead the Way in Sustainable Aviation Fuel for the Indian Aviation Industry

  • This builds on SpiceJet’s initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and Boeing's long-term commitment to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
  • CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun is the first and the only organization to indigenously develop SAF in India

HYDERABAD, March 25, 2022: SpiceJet, Boeing and CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) today announced that they are working together to explore opportunities for the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the Indian aviation industry, as part of the organisations’ commitment to help reduce carbon emissions, contributing to the Indian Government’s environmental goals.

The companies will work together to leverage SAF supply from CSIR-IIP and its production partners and licensees to help SpiceJet decarbonize its fleet. SAF can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 65% over the fuel’s life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future. It is recognized as offering the most immediate and greatest potential to decarbonize aviation over the next 20 to 30 years.

On August 27, 2018,in its endeavour to go green, SpiceJet operated India’s first-ever BioJet Fuel powered flight. The airline successfully undertook the flight on the Dehradun-Delhi route using its Q400 aircraft. SpiceJet was the first Indian airline to explore aerial operations powered by BioJet fuel.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “We are at the forefront in leading initiatives that contribute to the reduction in carbon footprint, enabling the Indian aviation sector to be smarter, cleaner, and sustainable. This expanded work with Boeing, with whom we already share a strong partnership through the highly efficient 737 MAX, along with the Indian Institute of Petroleum, who are the frontrunners for developing SAF in India, is a step in the journey to ensure air travel is sustainable for future generations.”

“At Boeing, environmental sustainability is at the core of how we work and develop our products and solutions for our customers. We have been pioneers in making sustainable aviation fuels a reality. We believe that strategic partnerships within the Indian aerospace ecosystem are critical to decarbonize our industry, aligned with the Indian Government’s environmental goals. We are honored to work with SpiceJet to advance sustainable aviation, with whom we already have an enduring partnership, and extend gratitude to IIP for being the catalysts for enabling SAF in India, for India,” said Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India.

“Our Institute is the first and currently the only organization in India that is developing a fully indigenous SAF in the country, for the country. We are delighted to partner with SpiceJet and Boeing to contribute to making the Indian skies cleaner and greener,” said Dr. Anjan Ray, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum.

Made from several feedstocks, sustainable aviation fuel is certified for commercial use and can be blended with traditional jet fuel without modifications to airplanes, engines or fueling infrastructure.

In 2021, Boeing committed to deliver its commercial airplanes capable and certified to fly on 100% SAF by 2030. This announcement builds on Boeing’s long-term industry leadership and investment to develop SAF around the world, partnering with airlines, fuel companies, governments and research institutions to expand SAF supply and reduce its cost. This announcement builds on Boeing’s long-term industry leadership and investment to develop SAF around the world, partnering with airlines, fuel companies, governments and research institutions to expand SAF supply and reduce its cost.

About SpiceJet

SpiceJet is India’s favourite airline that has made flying affordable for more Indians than ever before. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, Q-400s & freighters and is the country’s largest regional player operating 63 daily flights under UDAN or the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The majority of the airline’s fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India.

The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity across India and on international routes.

About Boeing India

Boeing is focused on delivering value to Indian customers with advanced technologies and is committed to creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector – developing local suppliers, and shaping academic and research collaborations with Indian institutions. Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with more than 275 partners in India and a joint venture to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters and vertical fin structures for the 737 family of airplanes. Annual sourcing from India stands at approximately $1 billion. Boeing currently employs 3,500 people in India, and more than 7,000 people work with its supply chain partners. Boeing’s employee efforts and India country-wide engagement serves communities and citizenship programs to inspire change and make an impact on more than 500,000 lives. Learn more at

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity. Learn more at

About CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum

A constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), IIP’s vision and strategic direction are derived from two evident national imperatives: Reduction of fuel imports into India and Decarbonization of the country’s economy.

Established in 1960, IIP provides technology, products and services to the oil and gas sector and to downstream industries like petrochemicals, aviation, automobiles and agro-processing. IIP technology is used in almost every Indian refinery and also in some installations in the Middle East. Within India, the Institute has pioneered the concepts of domestic carbon atoms utilization and decentralization of biofuel production in recent years. More can be found at