Virgin Atlantic buying 70m gallons of SAF from Gevo
“We know that SAF has a fundamental role to play in aviation decarbonisation. The demand from airlines is clear and Virgin Atlantic is committed to supporting the scale up of SAF production at pace,” said Holly Boyd Boland, VP corporate development, Virgin Atlantic. “We’re excited to be partnering with Delta to further reduce our carbon emissions on flights across the transatlantic.”
Gevo separates sugars and proteins from non-edible industrial corn grown. The sugars are then used to make SAF and the proteins are fed to livestock, whose manure can be used in biogas digestors to produce renewable natural gas and agricultural fertilizer.
The agreement follows Delta Air Line’s commitment to buy 75 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per year for seven years from 2026.
Pam Fletcher, Delta’s CSO and Head of Corporate Innovation said: “We need to create strong demand signals to ensure SAF can scale affordably to the levels our industry needs on the path to net zero by 2050. That’s why we’re excited about this joint partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Gevo that brings further commitment to SAF for the benefit of customers, our industry and the planet.”