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Virgin Australia reaches sustainable jet fuel milestone in Brisbane

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Renewable fuel producer Gevo announced earlier in June that Virgin Australia has reached 1 million kilometres of flights powered by sustainable aviation jet fuel (SAJF).

The milestone was reached for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport when Gevo’s renewable jet fuel was put through the general fuel supply system.

The first container of SAJF was delivered to Brisbane Airport in August 2018. Virgin Australia has since received three more delivered of SAJF from Gevo at the airport.

“Virgin Australia is proud to have led this initiative in Brisbane, as it has been an important step in promoting the use and production of sustainable aviation fuels in our region,” said Danya Field, chief legal and risk officer at Virgin Australia.

“We are actively looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions and low-carbon fuels present a real opportunity. As a diversified airline group, we know that establishing a local low-carbon fuel industry will have positive environmental, social and economic impacts,” she added.

“We are pleased to be working with Virgin Australia to get our de-fossilized, sustainable jet fuel into the Australian air,” commented Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo. “We appreciate the efforts of all the project partners, the Queensland Government, the Brisbane Airport, Caltex and DB Schenker who have all tirelessly worked to commence the transformation of the Australian jet fuel supply chain. This is a very good milestone which demonstrates the potential for the future.”