Virgin Atlantic agrees sustainable aviation fuel supply with Neste and ExxonMobil

Virgin Atlantic Limited and Neste Oyj have announced the UK supply of 2.5 million litres of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which will be delivered in the first half of 2022 to London Heathrow. 

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Virgin Atlantic agrees sustainable aviation fuel supply with Neste and ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil is Virgin Atlantic’s largest fuel supplier at London Heathrow and will manage this delivery of SAF into the UK.

SAF is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. In its neat form, it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%* of life cycle, compared to traditional fossil jet fuel.  The agreement represents the first commercial supply of SAF for Virgin Atlantic, which has committed to achieving net zero by 2050.  

Holly Boyd-Boland, VP Corporate Development, Virgin Atlantic said: “After fleet renewal, SAF represents the greatest opportunity to decarbonise aviation in the short to medium term. This supply is the beginning of commercial SAF at scale for Virgin Atlantic and whilst only enough to operate flights between London and New York, it’s a starting point.  We will continue to work closely with Neste and ExxonMobil, as well as wider industry partners, to find innovative solutions to achieve this goal.”

Paul Greenwood, Chairman of Esso UK Ltd, said: “We’re proud to play our part in this pioneering agreement, facilitating a safe, secure and reliable supply of lower emission aviation fuel via our dedicated pipeline network.”

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