Avfuel in SAF supply agreement with Textron Aviation and Bell Textron
Independent fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation (Avfuel) has announced that it has reached an agreement with aircraft manufacturer Textron Aviation Inc, to supply and integrate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its sustainability initiatives. Avfuel will supply Textron Aviation with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at its Wichita, Kansas (KS) location on an ongoing basis. Textron Aviation will use the product as “fly away fuel” for new aircraft deliveries as well as customer demo flights.
Avfuel’s first demonstrative delivery of SAF arrived at Textron Aviation on February 26, 2021, and future deliveries will be of Avfuel’s Neste MY SAF supply. SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight’s carbon footprint; and, in the future, SAF could deliver up to 80 percent less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions versus traditional jet fuel in its neat form.
The agreement makes Textron Aviation – home to Beechcraft, Cessna, and Hawker aircraft brands – Avfuel’s first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer to take the fuel at regular intervals. The use of SAF aligns with Textron Aviation’s commitment to meet industry goals for reducing carbon emissions.
Avfuel’s collaboration with Textron Aviation is welcomed progress for business aviation’s sustainability initiative. It’s not only an exceptional way for Textron Aviation to reduce its carbon emissions, it’s also an exceptional way to introduce flight operators to the viability of sustainable aviation fuel. We’re proud to work with the Textron Aviation team and excited about the educational opportunity this collaboration poses, said Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels at Avfuel.
Avfuel also recently reached an agreement with Bell Textron, the rotorcraft division of Textron Inc., in Fort Worth, Texas (TX), for the ongoing supply of Avfuel’s Neste MY SAF.
Bell will incorporate SAF into all Bell Training Academy (BTA) and customer demonstration fleet aircraft, becoming the first rotorcraft customer to receive SAF supply from Avfuel.
According to Avfuel, as a sustainable and renewable drop-in fuel that, once blended with petroleum jet fuel, meets ASTM D-1655 specification for jet fuel, Neste MY SAF is an optimum solution to directly reduce GHG emissions from aircraft, requiring no new investments, modifications, or changes to the aircraft or fuel distribution procedures.