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Skyservice is Canada’s first provider of SAF to private aircraft customers

October 7, 2021
By Skyservice Business Aviation

Skyservice Business Aviation is Canada’s first aviation company to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to its customers. Its first customer to operate with SAF is AirSprint.

“We are aggressively seeking to lessen the impact of our operations on the environment, and offering low-carbon fuels is one of many ways we are doing that,” Benjamin Murray, president & CEO of Skyservice, said. “Our objective is to achieve carbon neutrality at Skyservice by 2050. By offering SAF, we can effectively contribute to fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction goals as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization and advance our own corporate environmental protection mission.”

The availability of SAF to Skyservice’s customers will provide them with the opportunity to reduce their life cycle emissions by 20 per cent, compared to traditional jet fuel, based on a life cycle assessment of 70 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide for “Neat SAF” in a 30 per cent Neat SAF/70 per cent JET A-1 fuel blend.

Skyservice’s Toronto South Terminal, located at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), is the first of its fixed-based operations to receive its first SAF shipment from World Fuel Services. The SAF was produced by World Energy, the world’s first and America’s only commercial-scale SAF production company.

JET A-1 jet fuel grade is commonly used in Canada and beyond North America. Formerly known as “kerosene,” it is suitable for most jet aircraft. It meets stringent international requirements, particularly the latest versions of the AFQRJOS, the British DEF STAN 91-091 standard, the ASTM D1655 standard and the NATO F-35 specification. It has a minimum flashpoint of 38 degrees Celsius and a maximum freezing point of  minus 47 degrees Celsius. JET A-1 is the principal fuel used for jet turbine engines.

“We have always worked to align our values with those of our fractional owners and suppliers, and a commitment to sustainability has never been more important to us, and to them,” Jared Williams, chief operating officer and vice-president, operations at AirSprint, said. “Having the opportunity to purchase SAF in Canada not only helps mitigate the impacts of traditional jet fuel on the environment, but it also helps move the aviation industry forward in a more efficient and positive way.”

As SAF supply increases, Skyservice plans to transition its fuel program to use SAF exclusively, reinforcing the company’s focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility.

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