New Bizav Sustainability Programs On The Rise

Challenger 300
Credit: Bombardier

A number of business aviation-related organizations have launched sustainability programs in April, including some that used Earth Day on April 22 as the catalyst for their announcements. Here is a roundup of new programs. 

Magellan Jets Adds 100-Hr. Carbon Offset Jet Card

Magellan Jets, based in Boston, has launched a 100-hr. carbon offset jet card, with offsets through Terrapass, for flights on the Gulfstream 450 or Challenger 300/350. The packages also offer $20,000 in yacht credits, ground transportation credit, complimentary catering on flights, the use of multiple aircraft on the same day, roundtrip and long-leg discounts and other offerings. 

Wayman Aviation Offers Carbon-Neutral Training Program

Wayman Aviation Academy, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has launched a carbon neutral flight training program, the first of its kind, the flight training company said. The program is a outgrowth of Wayman’s experiment with diesel-powered trainers, Jet A-fueled Cessna 172s. It will now offer students the option of buying carbon offsets for their training. Emissions for its 250-hr. professional pilot program is 16.88 metric tons. Students may invest $290 with its green partner to fly carbon neutral, it said.

Global Jet Capital Launches CleanFlight, A Carbon Offset Program

Global Jet Capital has launched a new CleanFlight Carbon Offset Program in partnership with Foundation, a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization. The program will provide clients with preferred pricing and a simplified process when working to offset the greenhouse gas emissions related to their business aircraft through the purchase of verified carbon offsets. Global Jet Capital created the program to raise visibility around the impact of climate change and provide an option to offset the impact of business aircraft operations on the environment, officials said. The program is voluntary and can begin when a client starts an operating lease, finance lease or loan with the company, it said. 

Air bp Supplies SAF To Three UK Airports

Air bp recently supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to three airports in the UK. They are London Biggin Hill; Airbus-owned Hawarden airport in Flintshire, North Wales, where it will be used for fueling Beluga aircraft; and Centreline FBO in Bristol. It brings the total number of locations Air bp has supplied with SAF to more than 20 globally. All three locations expect to have SAF available on an ongoing basis, it said. The fuel supplied by Air bp is produced from waste-based sustainable feedstocks, such as used cooking oil, and blended with traditional jet fuel. The blend supplied is about 35% SAF and provides a life cycle carbon reduction of about 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces, the company said.

Telluride Airport Colorado’s First FBO To Offer SAF

Telluride Regional Airport is making sustainable aviation fuel available to customers in partnership with Avfuel Corp., the first Colorado FBO to do so, it said. The FBO received the first demonstrative SAF delivery in February, followed by two in March. It has since received regular deliveries of Neste-branded SAF supply from Avfuel. The first load arrived April 15. Each truckload provides a 22-metric-ton reduction in carbon emissions over its life cycle. With the arrangement, the airport can provide SAF for all jet and turbine aircraft that fly in on a consistent basis, it said. 

LanzaJet To Build Alcohol-To-Jet Biorefinery In Georgia

LanzaJet, a sustainable fuels technology company and SAF fuel producer launched in 2020 by LanzaTech, has awarded a fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract to Zeton for the fabrication and construction of the first alcohol-to-jet biorefinery of its kind in Soperton, Georgia, it said. Plans are for start up by the end of 2022. Zeton is designing and building LanzaJet’s 10 million gal. per year refinery in Soperton. Zeton will construct the majority of the modules, while the rest will be built by Chemical Design. Burns & McDonnell has been selected to design and adapt the utilities and infrastructure to support LanzaJet’s sustainable fuels technology. Fabrication of the modules has begun and construction at the site will begin this summer. LanzaJet will have the ability to produce up to 90% of its fuels as SAF, with the remainder as renewable diesel fuel, it said. Its SAF is approved to be blended to 50% with fossil jet fuel. 

Molly McMillin

Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.