JetBlue Airways has entered into an offtake agreement with bioenergy developer SG Preston to accelerate its transition to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The carrier says on 29 September that the 10-year contract will commence in 2023 and will see SG Preston deliver at least 3.05 billion litres (670 million USgal) of blended SAF to JetBlue to fuel its flight operations at three airports - New York John F Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty.
The agreement will be its largest single jet fuel contract as it plans to invest more than $1 billion to purchase sustainable fuel through the deal.
SG Preston’s HEFA-based [hydro-processed esters and fatty acids] renewable jet fuel will be sustainably produced from waste fats, oils, greases, and non-food oilseeds.
“With this expanded agreement with SG Preston, nearly 8% of JetBlue’s total fuel use will be SAF, putting us well ahead of pace in reaching our goal of 10% SAF usage by 2030,” JetBlue’s chief executive officer Robin Hayes says.
JetBlue’s revised deal with SG Preston is its third agreement for SAF. It recently partnered with World Energy and World Fuel Services and began flying with SAF at Los Angeles International airport in July. It also partnered with Neste in August 2020 to fuel flights from San Francisco International airport.