WestJet has announced a three-month commitment to operating all flights, from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Calgary International Airport (YYC) with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Neste, a producer of renewable fuels.
"We are thrilled that WestJet will be the first Canadian air carrier to operate a dedicated flight route using SAF," said Angela Avery, WestJet Group Executive Vice-President and Chief People, Corporate and Sustainability Officer. "This is an integral step in decarbonizing Canada's aviation sector and WestJet is committed to working alongside our partners to reduce our environmental footprint as we aim to drive greater awareness for the importance of a SAF ecosystem in Canada."
As the first Canadian airline to significantly invest in the SAF Destination program, WestJet purchased Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to fly 40 flights over three months from San Francisco to Calgary.
WestJet's immediate investment in SAF over the next three months will directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on these routes by 186 tons, with the equivalent of more than 1550 out of 5300 guests onboard taking a carbon neutral flight enroute to Calgary, the airline says.
WestJet is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
While widespread access to SAF is currently constrained by limited production and high costs, the airline's newest SAF operated route demonstrates WestJet's strong dedication to being a leader in advocating for this environmental solution that secures a future where SAF is the standard across the airline industry.
The WestJet Group's fleet has an average age under 10 years and is among the youngest of established North American carriers.
Strengthened by WestJet's recent announcement with Boeing to purchase an additional 42 737-10 aircraft plus 22 options, the airline continues to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to expanding responsibly.
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