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JetBlue and Shell Aviation to Bring New Supply of SAF to Los Angeles International Airport

JetBlue and Shell Aviation have today announced a new collaboration to bring additional SAF to Los Angeles International Airport. Under the agreement, JetBlue is expected to take delivery of 10 million gallons of blended SAF at LAX over the next two years.

JetBlue Airbus A320 - Courtesy JetBlue

On Tuesday (March 14, 2023), JetBlue announced the launch of a new collaboration with Shell aviation to bring an additional supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Under the agreement, JetBlue is expected to take delivery of 10 million gallons of blended SAF at LAX over the next two years, and has an option to purchase up to 5 million additional gallons in year three, either at LAX or at other airports in their network. SAF can be produced from a range of renewable resources such as used cooking oils and an agricultural waste, and can lower lifecycle GHG emissions by approximately 80 percent compared to traditional jet fuel.

In Tuesday’s announcement, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hayes, said,

“We’ve long said we need multiple key stakeholders to step up to reach our aggressive emissions reduction goals. 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. 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.”

Also commenting on the SAF collaboration, Shell Aviation’s President, Jan Toschka, said,

“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. LAX is a critical North American airport hub and we’re delighted to be able to provide JetBlue and corporations on its Sustainable Travel Partners program access to SAF, allowing them to lower their emissions while jointly contributing to investments in SAF.”

Shell has announced their goal to have 10 percent od their aviation jet fuel sales as SAF by 2030. The company is currently building supply chain capabilities to handle and distribute SAF, thereby enabling access for more customers. The additional SAF provided through Shell Aviation at LAX will increase JetBlue’s supply, bringing SAF to around 15 percent of JetBlue’s total LAX jet fuel uptake. The carrier also flies on SAF out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO). In 2022, JetBlue signed agreements with three additional SAF producers for future supply, and continues to look at future SAF partnerships, particularly in the Northeast.

JetBlue is ‘New York’s Hometown Airline®’ and a leading carrier in Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO) and San Juan (SJU). The airline carries guests to over 100 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America, the United Kingdom (London Heathrow and Gatwick), and Paris (from June 29, 2023). JetBlue Airways Corporation trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBLU.

Source: JetBlue/Businesswire


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