Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas have partnered on an initiative to scale the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) worldwide. Boeing also said it will invest in SkyNRG Americas’ SAF production project, joining Alaska Airlines in this effort.
“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,” said Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond. “This partnership is an important milestone on our journey to decarbonize aerospace, while ensuring that its societal and economic benefits are available to people everywhere.”
SkyNRG sources and supplies SAF; develops production capacity; advises on policy decisions, and manages corporate SAF programs. SkyNRG Americas is a new company focusing on expanding SAF production in North America. Its first dedicated U.S. production facility for SAF will supply airports and airlines on the West Coast. Boeing’s investment in the project includes the advance purchase of SAF from this facility for use in company flight tests and other operations.
The partnership builds on Boeing’s long-term industry leadership and investment in SAF. The company began SAF test flights in 2008 and helped gain approval for commercial use in 2011. The Boeing ecoDemonstrator uses SAF for all flight test programs, and it completed the world’s first commercial airplane flight using 100 percent SAF in 2018.
Boeing said that its commercial airplanes will be capable and certified to fly on 100 percent SAF by 2030.
“Our industry will need a strong, reliable supply of SAF to address climate change and drive adoption,” said Raymond. “We aspire to partner and help create that supply.”