Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, is supplying three airlines with SAF for flights from San Francisco International Airport.
The low-carbon and high-quality fuel for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways will contribute to each airline’s efforts to reach their climate goals.
Neste is now successfully delivering sustainable aviation fuel to the airport via pipeline, a milestone the airport has called a “climate quantum leap”.
Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways are the first major US airlines to commit to adopt Neste’s SAF at the airport and all three airlines took their first deliveries of SAF within the last few weeks.
“Together we’re moving the aviation industry toward a more sustainable future,” said Thorsten Lange, executive vice president for renewable aviation at Neste. “Aviation, like many industries, is looking to reduce emissions and increase sustainable practices.”
In 2018, Neste joined the airport, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, other airlines and fuel producers in a groundbreaking agreement to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel.
“Alaska was the first North American carrier to commit to advancing and adopting the use of SAF, and one of the first airlines to demonstrate the use of SAF in passenger flying with nearly 80 flights using sustainable aviation fuel over the last 10 years,” said Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of external relations.
David Seymour, Chief Operating Officer for American Airlines, added: “Even in these difficult circumstances, setting up our airline to operate more sustainably is important to us, our team members and our customers,” said. “We have been working with Neste, a leader in renewable fuels, for a number of years, and we’re proud to take this step to boost the market for sustainable jet fuel.”
Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue Airways, said: “Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of JetBlue Airways’ business plan. We remain focused on long-term environmental opportunities, particularly lessening our largest impact – carbon emissions from flying. The airline industry is one of the few industries that has collectively committed to an international emissions reduction goal.”
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