Shell Aviation and JetBlue announced a new collaboration to bring additional supplies of sustainable aviation fuel (SAD) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – commencing delivery in the first half of 2023.

JetBlue is expected to take delivery of 10,000,000 gallons of blended SAF at LAX over two years, with options to purchase up to 5,000,000 gallons more in the third year, at LAX or other airports in JetBlue’s network.

This deal with Shell is a key signal of the growing engagement of the major fuel producers to begin converting conventional jet fuel to SAF,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. “Shell’s involvement, with their expertise in energy markets and logistics, is a validation of the SAF market’s potential and highlights how critical the SAF transition of our hard-to-decarbonize industry is to establishing a more sustainable future of flight.”

Shell have announced an ambition to have 10% of its aviation jet fuel sales as SAF by 2030. The company is building supply chain capabilities to blend, handle and distribute and enable greater customer access to SAF.

“It’s terrific to be supporting JetBlue once again in its decarbonization efforts. Like Shell, JetBlue understands that SAF will be the key technology to help decarbonize flight,” added Jan Toschka, President of Shell Aviation. 

“We envision a future of a robust, regular, and diversified supply of SAF delivered all around our network, incrementally replacing conventional fuels and driving down emissions in our operation. We’ve publicly committed to cutting our per-seat emissions in half by 2035, and a viable SAF market at scale is a key component to meet this goal,” said Sara Bogdan, director sustainability and ESG, JetBlue.

Whilst JetBlue’s successes in California are critical to ensure the airline meets its goal of converting 10% of its total fuel to SAF by 2030, it acknowledges that the vast majority of SAF delivered to Californian airports is a result of the state’s low-carbon fuel programme.

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