Neste and Jetflite to offer lower-emission private business flights in Finland
Business aviation company Jetflite Oy is a first-mover in offering lower-emission private business flights in Finland and is now taking the first steps in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The first lower-emission flight by Jetflite will take place in May 2021.
Part of the Finnish industrial conglomerate Wihuri Group, Jetflite specializes in business flights, group charter, and air ambulance and evacuation services. With five aircraft in its fleet, the company also has an extensive network of partner operators offering altogether 600 to 700 flights per year, under normal circumstances.
Flying has been challenging during the pandemic due to increased regulation and closed borders. Still, the number of flights has remained high as we can operate evacuation and air ambulance flights. With the vaccinations in place and countries opening up, we predict the need for business aviation to start increasing. During that time, we want to be able to offer lower-emission flights and help our customers to reduce their carbon footprint of business flying significantly, said Jan Lindholm, Head of Sales at Jetflite.
Supports ambitious climate goals
The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj is committed to helping the aviation industry with this target.
Neste and Jetflite have been collaborating for over five years on delivering fuels for the flights at Helsinki airport in Finland. This is now our first step in partnering to reduce the carbon footprint of business flights that Jetflite offers. Neste MY SAF is already available in many airports in Europe, North America, and Asia and it’s a great pleasure to be able to offer it also to a private business flight operator in Finland. Fuel use provides an immediate solution for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of flying. It’s fully compatible with the existing jet engine technology and fuel distribution infrastructure. Therefore, no additional investments or modifications to the aircraft or fuel distribution infrastructure are needed, said Tuomas Kulola, Head of Sales, Marketing & Services, Neste.
Neste continues to make SAF available for airlines but also to businesses, public institutions, and other organizations with ambitious climate commitments. The partnership between Neste and Jetflite and the collaboration recently announced with Finnair serve as showcases for other businesses to reduce business air travel emissions.
In the US and Europe, Neste’s annual SAF supply capacity is currently 100 000 tonnes. With the Singapore refinery expansion on the way, Neste will have the capacity to produce over 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel in 2023, including the recently announced additional investment in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.