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American Airlines discusses SAF potential in 2023 Sustainability Report

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By Erin Voegele

July 16, 2024

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American Airlines consumed 2.7 million gallons of SAF in 2023, according to its 2023 Sustainability Report. While that volume of SAF use was up 4% when compared to 2022, it accounted for less than 1% of total fuel use during the year.

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Air New Zealand in late June received a shipment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into Wellington, its first delivery to the nation's capital city and another small step towards its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Neste and OK Slurink, subsidiary of Catom B.V. and a specialist in bunkering services, have joined forces with Scylla, a provider of river cruises, to supply Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in the Netherlands for Scylla’s river cruise operations.

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Amtrak released its FY 2023 Sustainability Report on June 13, reporting that renewable diesel is playing a part in helping the passenger railroad achieve progress towards meeting its goal of achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2045.

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Neste has supplied SAF to Emirates for flights departing from Singapore Changi Airport. With this, Emirates becomes the first international visiting carrier using SAF supplied at the airport from Neste’s Singapore refinery.

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Results from the world's first in-flight study of the impact of using 100% SAF in both engines of a commercial aircraft show a reduction in soot particles and formation of contrail ice crystals compared to using conventional Jet A-1 fuel.

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Finnish Valtra has reached a significant milestone by having used 5 million liters of Neste MY Renewable Diesel as a factory-fill fuel as well as in testing and in its factory forklift trucks at its Suolahti factory in Finland.

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The Transport Project and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas have announced that California fleets fueled with bio-CNG achieved carbon-negativity in their transportation operations last calendar year for the fourth straight year.

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Cemex and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. have announced a new fueling agreement to provide ultra-clean renewable natural gas (RNG) to power 39 of Cemex US’s ready-mix and cement bulk trucks in Southern California.

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Vietnam Airlines has operated its first flight using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. A Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321 was refueled with blended SAF at Changi Airport in Singapore for its return flight to Hanoi, Vietnam on May 27.

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Embraer, a global leader in aerospace innovation, on May 23 announced a landmark agreement with Avfuel to increase its uptake of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at Melbourne Orlando International Airport (KMLB) to one load per week.

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Vestas has announced its technicians and jack-up vessel crew will use helicopters partly powered by SAF to transport themselves to and from the Baltic Eagle wind farm during the construction phase of 50 offshore wind turbines.

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Emirates has taken delivery of SAF from Shell Aviation at London Heathrow Airport. Over 3,000 metric tons of neat SAF, blended with conventional jet fuel, will be supplied into the fueling infrastructure network of the airport.

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Signature Aviation, the world’s largest network of private aviation terminals, announced a new milestone in sustainability by bringing a 100% supply of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to its Los Angeles International Airport location.

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Virgin Atlantic has shared results from Flight100, the first transatlantic flight on 100% SAF, which took place in November. The flight proved that SAF is safe to use with existing infrastructure and delivers CO2 reductions and other benefits.

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Holland America Line announced the start of a long-term biofuel test on its flagship, Rotterdam, leveraging 100% low carbon intensity biofuel while sailing within the Norwegian World Heritage Fjords.

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SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands to the EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The Transport Project and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) on April 24 announced that 79%of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2023 was RNG surpassing the previous year’s record-breaking level.

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Neste and New Jersey Natural Gas have announced NJNG will fuel its medium-duty trucks and associated equipment with Neste MY Renewable Diesel to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Jet2.com on April 16 announced that it will use a blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at London Stansted Airport in 2024, meaning the leading leisure airline will use SAF on departing flights from two U.K. airports in 2024.

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Boeing is buying 9.4 million gallons of blended SAF to support its 2024 U.S. commercial operations, reducing its carbon emissions and working to help grow the supply of the fuel globally. This is the company's largest annual SAF purchase.

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Neste and Air New Zealand have signed an agreement for the supply of 2.4 million gallons of neat Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The agreement follows an earlier SAF delivery to Air New Zealand in 2022.

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Desert Jet has partnered with TITAN Aviation Fuels to establish the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its flagship FBO, Desert Jet Center at KTRM, including using SAF for its charter aircraft fleet.

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World Fuel Services will supply the U.K. Ministry of Defence with 5.15 million liters of aviation fuel. The supplied fuel is blended with approximately 40% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), sourced from Neste.

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Ryanair on March 28 announced that it has purchased 1,000 metric tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Shell. That volume of SAF is enough to fuel over 200 flights from Stansted to Madrid.

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Neste has started supplying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Emirates at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, expanding the partnership the two companies announced in October last year.

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IAE International Aero Engines AG (IAE) announced it has successfully tested the V2500 engine with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at MTU Maintenance Hannover, Germany.

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U.S. Energy has signed a long-term RNG supply agreement with the Canton, Ohio-based Stark Area Regional Transit Authority. Under the agreement, U.S. Energy will provide landfill-based RNG to SARTA’s fleet of 36 CNG transit buses.

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Avfuel Corp. and Neste finalized a partnership extension that keeps the companies at the forefront of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply for business aviation, cementing their leadership positions in the sustainable space.

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Following Ryanair’s purchase of 500 metric tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from OMV in October 2023, the airline on March 8 announced that it will take an additional 500 metric tons of SAF from OMV in 2024.

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