Embraer Partners With Avfuel to Increase SAF Use in Orlando

According to the aerospace company, each truckload will cut carbon emissions by 19 metric tons.

Embraer began using SAF in its operation at Melbourne Orlando International Airport in 2021. [Courtesy: Embraer]

Embraer has reached an agreement with Avfuel aviation fuel and services to increase its use of Neste MY SAF at Melbourne Orlando International Airport (KMLB). The business jet FBO has agreed to take one load of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per week.

SAF is made from sustainably sourced, 100 percent renewable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil, and feedstocks. Neste MY SAF meets ASTM D-1655 specification for conventional jet fuel and performance standards under all operating conditions.

Industry officials note this makes SAF an optimum solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from air travel without requiring new investments or modifications to aircraft or fuel infrastructure.

Embraer began using SAF in its operation at KMLB in 2021 when Avfuel would deliver one 8,000-gallon truckload of Neste MY SAF per quarter to Sheltair, the executive level FBO that supports Embraer operations.

“Sheltair is excited to support Embraer by handling and storing these SAF deliveries, " said Leonel Rivera, senior vice president of FBO operations for Sheltair. "This collaboration between Sheltair, Embraer, and Avfuel shows our commitment to reaching the industry’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. By combining our knowledge and resources, we will be able to handle and store weekly fuel deliveries of SAF.”

According to a statement from Embraer, the once-a-week delivery began in April. The extended partnership is expected to result in a total of 240,000 U.S. gallons of SAF delivered to Embraer in 2024, representing a significant increase when compared to previous years. According to the company, each truckload will provide a 19 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions, resulting in a 570 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions for the year.

With its fleet of business aircraft including the Phenom 100EX, Phenom 300E, and the Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600, Embraer has been serving the needs of the corporate traveling community for more than 50 years.

“Embraer’s collaboration with Avfuel and Sheltair marks a pivotal milestone in our journey toward net-zero emission flight operations,” said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “Our continued investment in SAF demonstrates our dedication to reducing emissions today and driving the industry closer to the net-zero aviation goal by 2050.” 

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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