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JetBlue secures sustainable alternative jet fuel deal

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Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organisation for the leading US airlines, has applauded JetBlue’s announcement that it has secured a long term purchase agreement for sustainable alternative aviation fuel.

Under the agreement, JetBlue plans to purchase more than 33 million gallons of jet fuel with 30% renewable jet fuel content. The renewable jet fuel portion, which will be produced from select non-food plant oils, is targeted to achieve a 50% or higher reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per gallon on a lifecycle basis.

“With this announcement, US airlines continue to lead the way to a more secure and environmentally friendly future,” said A4A’s Vice President, Environmental Affairs Nancy Young. “Sustainable alternative aviation fuels help our members build on their already strong environmental record and help reduce price volatility and enhance energy security by providing a competitor to petroleum-based jet fuel.”

A4A and its members have long been leading advocates for the development and deployment of commercially viable, environmentally friendly alternative jet fuel. In 2006, A4A joined the Federal Aviation Administration, the Aerospace Industries Association and Airports Council International-North America in co-founding the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative®(CAAFI), which has helped take sustainable alternative jet fuels from test flights to commercial deployment. A4A also co-founded the Farm to Fly programme with the US Department of Agriculture and Boeing, a programme linking sustainable feedstock supply with production and deployment, which now includes multiple government and industry partners.

JetBlue joins other A4A members, including United, FedEx, Southwest and Alaska, with purchase agreements for alternative jet fuel, with United already receiving supply for aircraft operations at Los Angeles International Airport.

US airlines drive 5% of US economic activity but account for only 2% of GHG emissions. US airlines burned 6% less fuel in 2015 than they did in 2000, resulting in a 6% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, even though they carried 24% more passengers and cargo over that period. Even so, the US airlines are active participants in a global aviation coalition that has committed to 1.5% annual average fuel efficiency improvements through 2020 and carbon neutral growth from 2020, subject to critical aviation infrastructure, operational and technology advances achieved by government and industry.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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