The first A321 to depart the Airbus production facility in Mobile, Alabama took off on September 20thmarking the first JetBlue aircraft to use a renewable fuel for these flights provided by Airbus and certified by Air BP consisting of 15.5 percent renewable jet fuel blended with traditional jet fuel.
The Delivery Flight for JetBlue’s Newest A321 Aircraft Becomes the Airline’s First-Ever Flight Powered by Renewable Jet Fuel Blend.
Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue states:
“This is another example of JetBlue acknowledging that a sustainable future for aviation will require cooperation between all parts of the industry.”
Four additional aircraft are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018, and all will utilize the renewable jet fuel that is approved by the FAA.
Hayes goes on to say, “Our goal is to serve as a market-maker for renewable jet fuel, creating demand and therefore supporting supply. We’re working closely with Airbus to set up infrastructure for more options in the southeast region.”
Airbus is looking to enhance the product on a larger scale with aircraft that depart the Mobile production facility. Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus states:
“Our goal is to source sustainable fuels in the southeastern United States. It is an opportunity to work closely with local stakeholders to scale-up production and the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels in the region.”
The aviation industry has a goal to cap net greenhouse gas growth from 2020 onward. In order to meet this goal, the industry is going to have to change they way the currently do business. Both Airbus and JetBlue are on board with this way of thinking.
To learn more about JetBlue’s work to reduce emissions, visit jetblue.com/green.
by Elizabeth Atkinson