Munich Airport all set to offer customers sustainable aviation fuel supplied by Air bp

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Munich Airport in Germany has confirmed an agreement with Air bp to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is being purchased by a business aviation operator from the beginning of June.

The supply of SAF at the Bavarian gateway marks the second location in Germany where Air bp has supplied SAF, the first being in December 2019 at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport.

Made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel, the SAF blend supplied by Air bp is around 35% SAF and 65% traditional jet fuel. The SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Air bp’s latest supply agreement with Munich Airport follows the fuel supplier’s recent SAF supply to three UK locations: London Biggin Hill; Airbus-owned Hawarden and Centreline FBO Bristol, as well as to Clermont Ferrand Airport in France. These agreements reinforce the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving the demand for SAF needed if the industry is to meet its lower carbon goals.

“This latest supply reinforces our capability in the supply of SAF. We continue to work with airports and customers to identify other opportunities for SAF supply in the region and urge interested parties to come forward and contact Air bp,” said Jürgen Kuper, Air bp General Manager for Central Europe and Benelux.

Clermont Ferrand becomes first airport in France to offer SAF on ongoing basis

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Manged by the French airport operator,  VINCI Airports, Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is the first French airport to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its users. The SAF is being supplied by Air bp.

The airport’s first SAF fuelling took place on 19 April when Air bp customer, Michelin Air Services, uplifted the fuel. Michelin will be supplied according to agreed commitments for ongoing supply at the airport with all its volume supplied as the SAF blend. This demand from Michelin means that approximately 30% of the airport’s total volume will be supplied as this SAF blend.

Other customers are also encouraged to come forward and work together with the airport and fuel supplier to establish an agreement for the supply of SAF. The SAF supplied by Air bp is made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel. The SAF supplied is around 35% SAF and the SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

The supply of SAF is one of the key items on VINCI Airports’ environmental commitment to decarbonising aviation, as they can be implemented easily, while other technological innovations, such as hydrogen-powered aircraft are still being developed.

“Sustainable biofuels are a short-term solution to decarbonise aviation, and are an integral part of the ambitious environmental strategy we have been pursuing since 2015 to reduce our carbon footprint and engage our stakeholders in the same movement,” said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports.

Highlighting the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving demand for SAF, Corine Brunet, CEO Michelin Air Services said: “With Air bp, Michelin Air Services has found a partner that listens, makes proposals and is efficient in its implementation of this shared approach to seeking lower carbon options in the aviation sector.”

Meanwhile, Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp, said: “We are excited to see our first ongoing SAF supply in France. Air bp is a strong facilitator in the supply of SAF and recently announced a number of agreements in the UK. This underlines bp’s commitment to working with stakeholders to explore its viable sale and purchase, which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions and supports bp’s net zero ambition.”

The supply of SAF at Clermont Ferrand follows the ongoing supply of SAF at three UK locations in the last month: London Biggin Hill, Airbus-owned Hawarden Airport in North Wales and Centreline FBO in Bristol.

Telluride Regional Airport receives delivery of SAF from Avfuel

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Avfuel-branded Telluride Regional Airport has become the first airport and FBO in Colorado to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its customers. The FBO received its first demonstrative delivery of SAF from Avfuel in Februrary, with two more deliveries made in March.

Telluride Regional Airport has since begun to receive regular deliveries of Neste’s branded SAF from Avfuel. The first load arrived on 15 April, with each truckload of the Neste MY SAF providing a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 28.7 acres of US forests per year.

Telluride Regional Ariport can now consistently provide SAF for all jet and turbine aircraft that land at the airport in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability goals.

“Our community desires to do its part in reducing carbon emissions,” said Kenneth Maenpa, Telluride’s Airport Manager. “As such, we are proud to be the first airport in Colorado to provide sustainable aviation fuel. Avfuel has worked diligently on the logistics for delivering SAF to Telluride Regional Airport, and we’re excited to announced this significant milestone that’s been three years in the making.”

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels, added: “Avfuel is thankful for the true partnership it has with the Telluride Regional Airport team, working together to provide cleaner solutions in one of the world’s most stunning natural environments. We congratulate the airport on being the first to provide SAF in the state of Colorado, which not only provides significant emissions reductions, but also raises awareness on the environmental benefits and safety of the product.”

Open 365 days a year, the Telluride Regional Airport is North America’s highest commercial airport at 9,070 feet above sea level and is a self-sustaining operation.

Air bp now offering ongoing SAF supply at three UK locations

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International aviation fuel products and service supplier, Air bp, has now supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to three airports in the UK as part of its commitment to delivering SAF on an ongoing basis. Centreline FBO at Bristol Airport became the first UK location to receive a supply of SAF from Air bp in March, while London Biggin Hill and Airbus owned Hawarden Airport in Flintshire, North Wales, where SAF will be used to fuel the Beluga aircraft have also now received their first Air bp SAF supply.

These latest agreements demonstrate the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving demand for SAF and ultimately help to meet the industry’s lower carbon goals.

“We are excited to see these ongoing commitments to SAF supply,” said Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp. “Stakeholders’ willingness to invest in SAF and collaborate with us will help drive demand and deliver carbon reductions compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces. We are committed to working with stakeholders to explore the viable sale and purchase of SAF, which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions.”

Air bp’s SAF is made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel. The SAF blend supplied is around 35% SAF and the SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Stephen Elsworthy, Manager of Fuel Services at London Biggin Hill said that by offering SAF to its customers and resident businesses, “we are helping them to meet their sustainability goals too, and vitally, contributing to our industry’s aim for a net zero carbon future.”

Meanwhile, the delivery of SAF at Hawarden Airport has seen Airbus take the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using SAF. The North Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen is the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019.

“The progressive deployment of sustainable aviation fuels at Airbus’ sites is an essential part of our decarbonisation roadmap. We’re proud that Broughton has become the second Airbus site to introduce SAF in its Beluga-fleet operations,” said Andy Owen, Beluga Line Station Manager at Broughton.

Shell invests in LanzaJet to accelerate Alcohol-to-Jet technology

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Sustainable fuels technology company and sustainable fuels producer, LanzaJet, has welcomed Shell as an investor to advance the company’s global growth, accelerate the commercialisation of its technology and scale the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Shell joins other funding investors including LanzaTech, Suncor Energy, Mitsui & Col, and more recently British Airways, as well as participation from All Nippon Airways. Shell’s investment comes as LanzaJet (which was launched in June 2020) pushes ahead with work to build the first Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) facility of its kind globally, a commercial-scale plant (10 million gallons per year capacity) in Soperton, Georgia, US.  Freedom Pines Fuels, as the facility is called is on schedule for operations in 2022. The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech’s carbon recycling platform.

LanzaJet’s technology is uniquely able to produce up to 90% of its fuels as SAF, with the remaining 10% as renewable diesel. The SAF will be blended with conventional fossil jet fuel and be supplied to airports through existing supply routes. The technology can flex to produce more diesel and less SAF, as required. LanzaJet’s SAF is approved to be blended up to 50% with fossil jet fuel and is a drop-in fuel, which means that no modifications to engines, aircraft or infrastructure is needed. The SAF delivers more than a 70% reduction in greenhous gas emissions on a lifecycle basis, compared to conventional fossil jet fuel.

Commenting on the investment, Anna Mascolo, President, Shell Aviation, said: “LanzaJet’s technology opens up a new and exciting pathwya to produce SAF using AtJ process and will help address the aviation sector’s urgent need for SAF. It demonstrates that the industry can move faster and deliver more when we all work together. Provided industry, government and society collaborate on appropriate policy mechanisms and regulations to drive both supply and demand, aviation can achieve net-zero carbon emissions.”

She added that the strategic fit with LanzaJet is an exciting step forward. “Through our Raizen joint venture in Brazil, we have been producing bioethanol for over 10 years, and we have already demonstrated production of cellulosic ethanol from waste materials. Our access to feedstocks, experience of optimising supply chains and extensive sales and marketing business will hopefully contribute to LanzaJet creating sustainable, robust and scalable commercial operations.”

Jimmy Samartzis, LanzaJet CEO underlined that “We’re now at a point in time when real solutions matter to address the global need to get to net zero. At LanzaJet, we’re in a unique position with technology that is ready and scaling today to produce lower-carbon, sustainable fuels. Shell’s investment and partnership helps to further advance our work to do our part to decarbonise aviation globally, a sector with limited other options in the near- and mid-term.”

London Biggin Hill now offering SAF supplied by Air bp

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One of the main business aviation hubs for the UK capital, London Biggin Hill is expanding its fuel services with the addition of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Air bp.

The dedicated business aviation hub is now the first in London to offer Air bp’s low carbon renewable fuel, which is produced from waste and residue products and is a blend comprising just over one third SAF and two thirds traditional jet fuel. The SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

“At London Biggin Hill we are fully committed to providing tangible, immediately available solutions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our operations and protect the environment,” said Stephen Elsworthy, Manager of Fuel Services at Biggin Hill.

“The introduction of SAF as an expansion of our fuel offering is a major step towards becoming a carbon neutral airport by 2029 and enables our customers and resident businesses to also meet their own sustainability goals.”

Meanwhile, Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp, added: “We are delighted to extend our collaboration by supplying SAF to London Biggin Hill Airport which is such an important business aviation airport for London-bound owners and operators. This delivery demonstrates the airport’s willingness to invest in SAF which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions. We anticipate that it will prove very popular with customers.”

Header image: Martin Lane, UK general aviation manager, Air bp (Left), and Stephen Elsworthy, manager of fuel services, London Biggin Hill (Right)

Avfuel delivers ongoing supply of Neste SAF to Monterey Jet Center

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Avfuel is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on a consistent basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center in California.

Having received its first load of the fuel on 1 March, the FBO will now receive SAF on an ongoing basis.

“Avfuel’s provided a number of demonstrative SAF loads over the years, but this is our first opportunity – through Neste MY SAF – to regularly provide the fuel for a customer,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels. “We look forward to collaborating with Neste and Monterey Jet Center to ensure the logistics behind supplying Neste MY SAF are streamlined and efficient as we prepare to extend this offering to other customers.”

Just two months ago Avfuel and Neste announced a strategic partnership to supply more SAF to the business aviation market. As part of this agreement, Neste will provide Avfuel with sufficient SAF in volumes to meet the growing demands of its customers, making Avfuel one of the first US companies able to supply the fuel on a regular basis. Neste expects to have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tonnes (515 million gallons) of SAF annually by 2023.

Every truckload of SAF that Avfuel delivers to Monterey Jet Center will provide a 22 metric tonne reduction in carbon emissions over the lifecycle compared to conventional fossil fuel. Made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue materials – such as used cooking oil, Neste My SAF is a drop-in fuel that, once blended with petroleium jet fuel meets ATSM D-1655 specification for jet fuel.

“We are thankful to the Neste and Monterey Jet Center teams who have joined Avfuel in leading the charge in sustainability,” said Craig Sincock, Avfuel’s CEO and President. “Making sustainable aviation fuel regularly available to sustainably-minded operations is the best way to reduce carbon emissions at the source. Together, we’re not just facilitating the supply chain of a new product, we’re facilitating a cleaner, brighter future for aviation and our communities – and that’s something of which the Avfuel team couldn’t be more proud.”

Centreline FBO at Bristol Airport partners with Air bp for SAF

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Centreline has partnered with aviation fuel supplier Air bp to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from its FBO at Bristol Airport in the UK.

The delivery of SAF at Centreline – a Pula Aviation Services Limited (PASL) business – makes it the first non-network user and independent retailer of SAF in the UK.  The fuel is blended with traditional Jet A-1, so it is safe to use as a drop-in fuel and there are no infrastructure changes required by aircraft or airport infrastructure. The fuel’s journey to Bristol is also ensure by Air bp to be carbon offset.

Commenting on the delivery, Gus Paterson, COO at PASL and Centreline’s Accountable Manager said:“Our partnership with Air bp is a sustainable step forward for the PASL group as we remain committed to playing our part in reducing the impact aviation has on global carbon emissions. By offering our charter clients a SAF option we are making progress in being a carbon negative in air operation by 2025, as well as providing our FBO clients with the opportunity to make sustainable choices when refuelling in Bristol.”

Air bp’s long-established supply chain has delivered SAF to 18 locations over three continents and the lifecycle carbon emission savings are calculated to the point fuel is delivered to onsite airport storage facilities. “As SAF is blended with fossil jet fuel and does not require special equipment changes, it is a clean substitute that reduces the impact of air travel. With the same characteristics and sepcifications as fossil jet fuel, we are pleased to offer an efficient lower carbon alternative to our customers,” said Richard Morrison, FBO Manager at Centreline.

Meanwhile, Simon Earles, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director at Bristol Airport, added, “We are delighted Centreline has partnered with Air bp to bring sustainable aviation fuel in to Bristol Airport. We welcome their leadership and are committed to working with our airlines and other partners to accelerate our journey towards Net Zero.”

Clay Lacy’s Van Nuys and Orange County FBOs take delivery of SAF

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Clay Lacy Aviation has collaborated with World Fuel Services (SFS) and World Energy to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and as well as renewable diesel for ground support vehicles at both its Van Nuys and John Wayne Orange County FBOs in the US.

WFS  will begin monthly SAF deliveries to both locations this month, with 2021 deliveries forecast to total a minimum of 100,000 gallons. Produced by green energy solutions provider, World Energy, the SAF is produced from inedible agricultural wastes and is also certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. It reduces net greenhouse gasses by up to 80% and represents a reduction of approximately 192 tonnes of carbon this year, the equivalent of 475,000 miles driven by the average car.

“World fuel is a key partner in our sustainability strategy, implementing a broad range of initiatives to significantly reduce our carbon footprint,” said Scott Cutshall, Clay Lacy’s SVP of Business Operations. “Developed in concert with their sustainability experts at World Kinnect Energy, our strategy also includes carbon offset programmes for aircraft management clients and Van Nuys and Orange County FBO customers, as well as remarkable energy and sustainable purchasing, construction and operating practices,” he continued.

In addition to the supply of SAF, World Fuel is also providing renewable diesel fuel to power Clay Lacy’s fuel trucks, GPUs, tugs and other ground support vehicles. Clay Lacy’s transition to renewable diesel will eliminate 64.5 tonnes of carbon in 2021, the equivalent of 8,225,828 smartphones charged.

“We are delighted to begin providing a regular supply of SAF and renewable diesel to both Clay Lacy FBOs,” said Darren Fuller, World Fuel Services. “Demand for SAF is growing and it is rewarding to work with Clay Lacy to help our industry achieve its goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2050”

Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer at World Energy added, “By making SAF accessible to the business jets flying out of their FBOs, Clay Lacy is leading a shift toward more sustainable operations and creating the opportunity for others to benefit from using cleaner fuels.”

The renewable diesel fuel for Clay Lacy’s ground support vehicles is made by hydrotreating non-petroleum-based feedstocks. Renewable diesel fuel burns cleanly and efficiently in all diesel engines with no modifications required to the motor or the vehicle. Nontoxic and biodegradable, renewable diesel has up to 80% lower carbon intensity than regular diesel.

Koury Aviation marks a milestone selling SAF to GA consumers

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Avfuel-branded location, Koury Aviation, which is based out of Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, US has become the first Eastern Seaboard FBO to sell sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to general aviation traffic.

The FBO has received two truckloads of Neste MY SAF on Wednesday 3 March. Each truckload provides a 19 metric tonne reduction in carbon emissions compared to petroleum-based jet fuel, creating significant emissions reductions for the sustainably-minded FBO and its customers.

“When we found there was an opportunity to receive Neste My SAF from Avfuel, we knew we had to jump on the opportunity,” said Brad Koury, Koury Aviation’s President. “With the Greensboro Transit Authority having introduced electric buses two years ago, and Kevin Baker – the airport’s executive director – promoting initiatives for a greener airport, I knew the introduction of SAF for the East Coast would be an important milestone for Koury Aviation and an optimum chance for us to do our part. Being just 20 minutes from two available Megasites (business clusters developed in collaboration with government, business and education), our FBO is a great place to introduce the future of fuel,” he added.

Highlighting how Avfuel and Neste are helping the FBO to kickstart its sustainability journey, Koury said: “The timing is perfect for the fuel’s introduction as Koury Aviation strives to be a link to a sustainable future, and to send a strong demand signal to current and future suppliers.”

Made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue materials – including used cooking oil, Neste MY SAF is a drop-in fuel that, once blended with traditional jet fuel, meets the relevant regulations and safety requirements for jet fuel. “Avfuel is thrilled to work with the Koury Aviation team as the first branded operation to not only receive a load of Neste MY SAF, but also sell it to any operator who wants it on the East Coast,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels. “It’s an exciting milestone for Koury Aviation, Avfuel and the industry at large.”