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Virgin Australia passes 1 million kilometre milestone on Gevo’s biojet fuel

US-based advanced renewable fuel and biochemical manufacturer and platform technology developer Gevo, Inc. has announced that Virgin Australia has used Gevo’s Sustainable Aviation Jet Fuel (SAJF) to power 1 million kilometres of flights, for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport (BNE) in Queensland, Australia when the fuel was put through the general fuel supply system.

In 2018, an Australian first – Virgin Australia Airlines completed the first trial delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Brisbane Airport’s (BNE) general fuel supply system. Since then, Virgin Australia has passed the 1 million km of flights milestone with SAF in all aircraft operating in and out of BNE (photo courtesy Virgin Australia).

According to a statement, this marks another important step for Virgin Australia towards building a supply-chain for the long-term commercial use of Gevo’s sustainable aviation jet fuel (SAJF) in Australia to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Virgin Australia Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Dayna Field, said the one million kilometres flown represents an important milestone and demonstrates that this low carbon product can go the distance.

Virgin Australia is proud to have led this initiative in Brisbane, as it has been an important step in promoting the use and production of sustainable aviation fuels in our region. We are actively looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions and low-carbon fuels present a real opportunity. As a diversified airline group, we know that establishing a local low-carbon fuel industry will have positive environmental, social and economic impacts, Dayna Field said.

Since the first container of SAJF was delivered to Brisbane back in August 2018, Virgin Australia has continued to work with Gevo and has taken three more deliveries of the SAJF since this time.

We are pleased to be working with Virgin Australia to get our de-fossilized, sustainable jet fuel into the Australian air. We appreciate the efforts of all the project partners, the Queensland Government, the Brisbane Airport, Caltex and DB Schenker who have all tirelessly worked to commence the transformation of the Australian jet fuel supply chain. This is a very good milestone which demonstrates the potential for the future, commented Dr Patrick R. Gruber, CEO of Gevo.

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