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Japan's green jet fuel ambitions fly higher with Itochu-Etihad deal

More companies pile into burgeoning market amid decarbonization push

Japan's Itochu is supplying Neste's sustainable aviation fuel to UAE carrier Etihad Airways.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's budding supply chain for sustainable aviation fuel is adding more links, as trading house Itochu becomes the first company in the country to supply the cleaner alternative to a foreign carrier.

Under a contract inked in May with Emirati carrier Etihad Airways, Itochu will procure sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, from Finland's Neste to refuel Etihad planes that land at Narita Airport near Tokyo starting this month.

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