Boeing buys 2 million gallons of SAF for its commercial operations

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Boeing announced that it had entered into a purchase agreement with aviation fuels provider EPIC Fuels for two million gallons (7.5 million liters) of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The SAF will be used by Boeing to power its commercial airplanes operations in Washington state and South Carolina through the year  2022.

According to Boeing, the agreement is the largest announced SAF procurement by an airframer. 

Boeing has recently been strong in demonstrating its commitment to decarbonizing aviation. At the Singapore Airshow in mid-February 2022, the airline manufacturer is set to focus on measures to deliver a safer, more efficient and sustainable air transportation system for the future. 

“We will highlight our investment in, and commitment to, technology, innovation and sustainability, building the foundation for the long-term growth of the aerospace industry,” Alex Feldman, president of Boeing Southeast Asia said in a statement. 

Sustainably produced jet fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 80% over the fuel’s life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future, is widely recognized as offering the most immediate and greatest potential to decarbonize aviation over the next 20 to 30 years. In 2021, Boeing committed to deliver its commercial airplanes capable and certified to fly on 100% SAF by 2030.

“SAF is a safe, proven, immediate solution that will help achieve our industry’s long-term commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” Sheila Remes, Boeing vice president of Environmental Sustainability said in a statement. 

“Boeing has been a pioneer in making sustainable aviation fuels a reality. Through this agreement we will reduce our carbon footprint and have SAF available for customer deliveries as well as our own operations.”

Boeing’s purchase agreement with EPIC Fuels includes a SAF product made from inedible agricultural waste, blending 30% neat SAF with 70% conventional jet fuel. 

The purchase will enable broader use of SAF for Boeing commercial production, test, ferry, Dreamlifter and customer flights at facilities in Everett, Renton and Seattle in Washington state and North Charleston, South Carolina.

SAF is currently approved for a 50/50 blend with conventional jet fuel for commercial flights.

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