Virgin Atlantic receives ExxonMobil's first delivery of sustainable aviation fuel

Last month, our Fawley Refinery Marine Terminal received ExxonMobil’s first ever delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and SAF. 

Several days later, the fuel – enough to operate roughly 140 flights between London and New York – made its way via ExxonMobil’s proprietary pipeline to London Heathrow Airport for sale to our valued aviation customer, Virgin Atlantic.

Suzanne MacDonald, UK Aviation Commercial Manager and Alex Few, Biofuels Trader negotiated the SAF supply agreement with Neste and the onwards sale to Virgin Atlantic. They described it as a fantastic opportunity to work with the Virgin Atlantic Sustainability Team and were proud to have played a role in helping the aviation industry advance towards a more sustainable future.

Speaking to Newsline, Suzanne said: “This commercial win shows how effective collaboration can bring fast results to benefit our Company and support our customers’ needs to lower emissions. I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication to achieving this exciting outcome in such a short timescale, and look forward to achieving more breakthroughs towards reducing emissions.”

Paul Greenwood, Chairman of Esso UK Ltd joined Suzanne to see the first ever delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by ExxonMobil to Virgin Atlantic.  Paul 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.”

See related story from our May 2022 issue: Virgin Atlantic agrees sustainable aviation fuel supply with Neste and ExxonMobil