JetBlue Eyes Expedited Switch To Sustainable Fuels In New York

JetBlue announced today that it would be accelerating its transition to sustainable aviation fuel by purchasing over $1 billion of it from bioenergy firm SG Preston. The deliveries will take place over a decade, starting in 2023.

JetBlue Eyes Expedited Switch To Sustainable Fuels In New York
JetBlue has struck an agreement with bioenergy developer SG Preston. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

JetBlue agrees its single largest jet fuel contract

JetBlue announced today, Wednesday 29th September, that it would be converting 30% of its total fuel purchases for use at New York’s airports from traditional fuel to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The announcement comes as a result of an offtake agreement between JetBlue and SG Preston, a bioenergy developer.

The deal will cover JetBlue’s fuel usage at John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), and Newark Liberty (EWR) airports and is expected to reduce emissions by an estimated 80% per gallon of neat sustainable aviation fuel compared to traditional petroleum-based fuels.

The plan represents a considerable increase in the speed at which JetBlue is transitioning to sustainable aviation fuel. It places JetBlue well ahead of its target to convert 10% of its total fuel usage to sustainable aviation fuel on a blended basis by 2030.

Already by 2023, when deliveries under this agreement will start, JetBlue will reach nearly 8% sustainable aviation fuel usage. The deliveries will run for a decade, so until 2033.

JetBlue Eyes Expedited Switch To Sustainable Fuels In New York
JetBlue expects to be well ahead of its target to convert 10% of its total fuel usage to sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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A first for New York’s airports

Today’s announcement is not just major news for JetBlue but also for the airports of New York. This deal will bring the first-ever large-scale volume of domestically produced sustainable aviation fuel for a commercial airline to any of New York’s airports.

For the decade of deliveries starting in 2023 and ending in 2033, JetBlue will receive 670 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel for its flights at JFK, LGA, and EWR. The airline expects to invest more than $1 billion in purchasing sustainable aviation fuel over the decade that this agreement covers.

As such, this will become JetBlue’s single-largest jet fuel contract.

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JetBlue claims it is purchasing sustainable fuel at a price competitive to traditional Jet-A fuel. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

What is the impact on JetBlue’s costs?

JetBlue does not expect there to be any impact on its total fuel costs, and it claims that the price at which it will be purchasing sustainable aviation fuel over the duration of this decade-long agreement is competitive to traditional Jet-A fuel.

The deal will also help JetBlue avoid 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, said:

“We are well past the point of vague climate commitments and corporate strategies. Earlier this year, we set specific, dated, and aggressive emissions targets. And now we are physically changing the fuel in our aircraft to meet these commitments.”

Today’s news was also applauded by the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rick Cotton.

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