Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas have announced a partnership focused on scaling the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) globally.

SkyNRG sources and supplies SAF, develops production capacity, advises on policy decisions, manages and manages corporate SAF programmes to promote sustainability within the industry. SkyNRG Americas is a new company focused on growing SAF production in North America.

Boeing will also invest in SkyNRG Americas’ SAF production project, for which Alaska Airlines is a previously announced partner. The company’s investment includes the advance purchase of SAF from the facility for use in company flight tests and other operations. The partners will work together to accelerate SAF development globally, focusing on scaling production capacity, building awareness and engaging stakeholders throughout the value chain, including airlines, governments and environmental organisations. The first dedicated US production facility for SAF will supply airports and airlines on the West Coast.

SAFs – greatest potential to reduce aviation carbon emissions

Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond said: “Sustainable aviation fuels are safe, proven and offer the greatest potential to reduce our industry’s carbon emissions in the near, medium and long term. This partnership is an important milestone on our journey to decarbonise aerospace, while ensuring that its societal and economic benefits are available to people everywhere.”

Maarten van Dijk, Managing Director of SkyNRG said: “We are extremely proud to take the longstanding Boeing-SkyNRG relationship to this new level. We have always been strong collaborators and through this teaming effort, we’re strengthening our relationship even further.”

John Plaza, CEO of SkyNRG Americas added: “We are thrilled to be in this partnership with Boeing and grateful for their leadership by providing an advance payment for SAF from our first facility. With this teaming agreement, SkyNRG Americas will be able to accelerate our efforts to expand the SAF industry throughout North America.”

Boeing’s began SAF test flights in 2008 and helped gain approval for commercial use in 2011. The Boeing ecoDemonstrator uses SAF for all flight test programmes and completed the world’s first commercial airplane flight using 100 per cent SAF in 2018. Earlier this year, Boeing committed that its commercial aircraft would be capable and certified to fly on 100 per cent SAF by 2030.

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