NBAA-BACE: Signature Flight Support marks SAF milestone and launches book and claim initiative

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Signature Flight Support has launched its Signature Renew Book & Claim programme at this year’s National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) being held this week in Las Vegas, US.

Similar to Avfuel’s scheme, which was also launched this week at NBAA-BACE, the Signature Renew book and claim programme enables private aircraft operators the flexibility to purchase the carbon reductions created by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) regardless of its physical availability at that same location.

The carbon reduction is made available for bulk purchase similarly to carbon offsets: however the environmental impact represents actual fuel consumed by aircraft.

According to Signature Aviation’s Interim CEO, Tony Lefebvre, “the launch of Signature Renew’s Book & Claim programme further demonstrates Signature’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050. Book & Claim will accelerate the adoption of SAF by providing an alternative mechanism to unlock the carbon reduction benefits of sustainable fuels, resulting in a cleaner environment starting today.”

Signature has also marked another milestone in its SAF journey having cumulatively uplifted more than 4 million gallons of SAF across its network since September 2020. This accounts for a more than 10,000 tonne CO2 reduction that would have otherwise entered the atmosphere.

In addition, Signature has partnered with Airbus to supply SAF to all new-build A320 series aircraft manufactured at its Airbus US Manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.

Signature Flight Support expands network with addition of Chantilly Air Jet Center

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Chantilly Air Jet Center, the newest full-service FBO serving the Washington, DC metro area has joined Signature Flight Support’s Signature Select network.

Based at the Manassas Regional Airport, Chantilly Air is an IS-BAH Stage 1 certified FBO. The 11,000 sq. ft. FBO terminal provides a range of amenities including a pilot lounge, snooze rooms and shower facilities. There is also a fitness centre for crew and passengers, as well as conference rooms and a refreshment galley. The greenfield facility also includes a 60,000 sq. ft. hangar and significant office space for rent, in addition to the provision of traditional FBO services, including fuelling, hangarage, a Part 145 repair station, as well as aircraft charter and fleet management.

Expressing his enthusiasm for joining the world’s largest network of FBOs, Tim Sullivan, COO Chantilly Air Jet Center said: “Chantilly Air is a family-owned entity that started in 1990. Building on our 30-year reputation as an aircraft charter and management provider, we look forward to becoming an FBO of choice for the metro DC area, as well as having a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the Signature network.”

Manasssas Regional Airport itself provides easy access to the I-66 and I-95 corridors, northern Virginia and downtown Washington, DC. It is the busiest general aviation gateway in the state of Virginia,and  is a towered airport with US Customs and Border Protection to accommodate international arrivals.

“We are pleased to welcome Chantilly Air to Signature Select and the global Signature Flight Support network,” said Mark Johnstone, CEO, Signature Aviation. “Chantilly Air’s reputation for ramp safety and adherence to industry best practices resonates with our own Signature Service Promise. I am confident their enrollment in the Signature Select programme will unlock significant mutual benefit for both of our customers and organisations.”

Signature partners with Neste to offer continuous supply of SAF

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Signature Flight Support, Neste and NetJets have celebrated the delivery of an initial ceremonial gallon of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US and London Luton in the UK. This initial delivery marks the start of a global initiative to provide a permanently available supply of SAF to private aircraft.

Through its company-wide Signature Renew programme, Signature Flight Support has partnered with Neste in making low emission, renewable fuel a reality for business aviation, starting with two of Signature’s locations on its global network. By offering a consistent blended SAF supply Signature Renew is providing a safe and dependable low-emission option via Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at SFO. This investment will allow customers such as NetJets, which was the inaugural recipient for the first uplift of SAF in San Francisco and Luton, to help meet their own sustainability goals by taking advantage of more than a 25% reduction in direct net lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from this blended fuel.

“The wait for SAF is over. We’re filling aircraft right now – thousands of gallons a day, every day – at SFO and Luton to meet the growing market demand,” said Tony Lefebvre, COO for Signature.

SAF is the cornerstone of aviation’s answer to environmental responsibility. Creating an affordable alternative to traditional Jet A is vital to ensuring we’re able to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint. We’re proud to be able to deliver this capability to all private aviation customers at SFO and Luton and look forward to growing our capacity at additional locations and launching new sustainability programmes next year.

As a leading producer and supplier of renewable fuels Neste is committed to helping grow the supply of SAF globally. It expects to have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tonnes of SAF annually by 2023. As a drop-in fuel offering an immediate way to reduce the direct greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft, SAF requires no new investments or modifications to aircraft or airport fuel distribution systems. When used in its neat form, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% over its lifecycle compared to traditional fossil jet fuel.

Commenting on the collaboration with Signature and NetJets, Neste’s VP Renewable Aviation North Amercia, Chris Cooper, said the partnership is driven by two things: “The demand for private and business air travel is growing and the people onboard these aircraft want their carbon footprint to go down. Neste, Signature and NetJets, as industry leaders, decided to work together to connect the dots from fuel production, to supply and distribution and to aircraft operations to make sustainable business and private air travel a reality. This is just a first step and I look forward to working with these great partners to get more SAF to more airports and in more aircraft.”

As the primary launch customer, NetJets has committed to purchase up to 3 million gallons of SAF through Signature Renew for all flights out of SFO and its Columbus International Airport home base in Ohio.

“Sustainability has been foremost on the mind of our clients and of NetJets, as we recently announced our expanded Global Sustainability Program,” said Brad Ferrell, NetJets Executive Vice President Administrative Services. “Signature and Neste have provided the solution for SAF in the market, and NetJets’ purchasing commitment helps ensure SAF’s continued availability. We are proud to join our partners in taking the lead in commercialising renewable fuel sources and adoption.”