American Airlines expands its commitment to sustainable aviation fuel
New agreement to purchase 500 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel over five years from Gevo, Inc. brings the airline closer to meeting its ambitious sustainability goals
American Airlines announced today that it has finalized an agreement with biofuel company Gevo, Inc. for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Over five years, American has committed to purchase 500 million gallons of SAF, the largest purchase commitment of SAF to date for the airline.
"Today's announcement is a historic step for American and the industry as we work to reduce our carbon footprint," said Jill Blickstein, vice president of Sustainability for American. “The use of SAF is a cornerstone of our strategy to decarbonize air travel. While this historic investment represents significant action by American Airlines, driving progress at the scale and pace we need requires political action in Washington and at the state level. Together with our oneworld partners, we are proud to lead the way in moving to SAF and moving towards our shared climate goals.”
The Gevo and American agreement was developed alongside others in the oneworld® alliance. In September 2020, oneworld became the first global airline alliance to announce a carbon neutrality target for 2050, establishing its commitment to long-term sustainability for the industry. The alliance followed up on that commitment with an interim goal of achieving 10% SAF usage across all oneworld member airlines by 2030.
The deal brings American's total low-carbon fuel commitments to more than 620 million gallons, meeting approximately 20% of the airline's goal to replace 10% of jet fuel use with SAF by 2030. that SAF deliveries begin in 2026 from future Gevo business operations.
"The global development expansion of the SAF market has reached an exciting point," said Dr. Patrick R. Gruber, CEO of Gevo. “While there is a tremendous amount of work to be completed to bring all critical elements of SAF to market with net zero emissions, our memorandums of understanding with oneworld alliance members and this subsequent commitment by American Airlines demonstrate the significant momentum that being generated for this type of product. I am excited that Gevo is continuing to provide leadership in the development of this product.”
American's ambitious climate goals include achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. That includes becoming the first airline globally to receive validation from the Science Based Targets initiative for its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. GHG by 2035. In 2021, American received a CDP Climate Change score of "A-", the highest score among North American airlines and one of only two airlines globally to earn that score. The company's most recent ESG Report details the goals it has prospected for the coming years and its progress to date.