A partnership between Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas has been announced that will allow the acceleration of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) development both in the US and globally, focusing on scaling production capacity, building awareness, and engaging stakeholders, including airlines, governments, and environmental organizations.
SkyNRG is a leader in the SAF industry that supplies fuel, develops production capacity, advises on policy decisions, and manages corporate SAF programs with a defined mission of building sustainability within the aerospace industry. SkyNRG Americas is a new company focused on growing SAF production in North America, and its first dedicated US 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.
“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’s 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.”
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 completed the world’s first commercial airplane flight using 100 percent SAF in 2018. Earlier this year, Boeing committed that its commercial airplanes will be capable and certified to fly on 100 percent SAF by 2030.
“We are extremely proud to take the longstanding Boeing-SkyNRG relationship to this new level,” said Maarten van Dijk, managing director of SkyNRG. “We have always been strong collaborators and through this effort, we’re strengthening our relationship even further.” John Plaza, CEO of SkyNRG Americas, added that the company was “thrilled” to be in this partnership with Boeing and was grateful for their leadership by providing an advance payment for SAF from their first US facility. “With this teaming agreement, SkyNRG Americas will be able to accelerate our efforts to expand the SAF industry throughout North America,” Plaza said.
SkyNRG is currently scaling up to meet global SAF demand and has supplied more than 30 airlines on almost all continents. The underlying mission of the company is to make SAF a global standard for aviation fuel, with a focus on maintaining sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. SkyNRG’s operations are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the highest possible certification standard for sustainable fuels.