JetBlue has entered into a new partnership with World Energy and World Fuel Services for the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). JetBlue’s LAX flights using SAF started this month. This increase in the airline’s usage of SAF includes 1.5 million gallons of blended SAF a year for at least three years, accounting for approximately 5% of JetBlue’s LAX fuel.
World Energy is supplying JetBlue fuel at LAX from its facility in Paramount, California. The airline has become World Energy’s second US commercial airline partner to incorporate SAF into its regular operations.
Made from inedible agricultural waste, World Energy’s SAF is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials to reduce emissions by up to 80% per gallon before being blended with petroleum jet fuel. Delivery of the fuel into LAX will be managed by World Fuel Services, JetBlue’s fuel management company.
JetBlue is also using SAF for flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with another fuel provider.
This is the latest step for JetBlue as the airline works to achieve its ambitious environmental social governance (ESG) targets, including a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. Last year, JetBlue became the first major US airline to achieve carbon neutrality on all domestic flying through carbon offsets.
“JetBlue is facing climate change head on and preparing our business for a new climate reality,” said Sara Bogdan, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Social Governance. “Sustainable aviation fuel is one of the most promising ways to rapidly reduce air travel emissions and help our industry move toward our net-zero goals. We are focused on growing our use of sustainable aviation fuel to replace conventional fossil-based jet fuel in our focus cities as it becomes available. It has not historically had the same policy support as other low carbon fuels and comes at a premium today. We’re excited by the prospect of additional policy support to help grow and scale sustainable aviation fuel, helping to usher in a lower-carbon future for aviation.”
With support from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), JetBlue has also shared plans to embark on meaningful expansion at LAX over the next five years – both domestically and internationally into multiple markets with plans to reach about 70 flights per day by 2025.
“Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is committed to achieving ambitious sustainability goals, including net-zero carbon emissions and 100% renewable energy for LAX facilities by 2045,” said Justin Erbacci, chief executive officer, LAWA. “We are thrilled that JetBlue is supporting this bold agenda to help combat climate change through the use of sustainable aviation fuel.”
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