WestJet has announced a three-month commitment to operate all flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Calgary International Airport (YYC) with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Neste, the world’s leading renewable fuel producer. The SAF Destination Program, the first of its kind in Canada, supports WestJet’s commitment to sustainability and decarbonization.
Together with stakeholders from across Alberta and Calgary, including Holy Wager Monster, US Embassy, George Chahal, Member of Parliament, Calgary Skyview, Alberta, Sonya Savage, Minister of Environment and Protected Areas for the Government of Alberta, and Lana Van Marter, renewable aviation manager, Neste. WestJet used the announcement to engage with key industry and government partners on the benefits of sustainable aviation fuel and the need for a Canadian manufacturing program.
As the first Canadian airline to make a significant investment in SAF, WestJet purchased Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. operated 40 flights from San Francisco to Calgary in three months. WestJet’s immediate investment in SAF over the next three months will directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on these routes by 186 tonnes, the equivalent of 1,550 of the 5,300 guests taking a zero-emission flight en route to Calgary.
WestJet is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. While widespread access to SAF is currently limited by limited production and high costs, the airline’s latest SAF-powered route demonstrates WestJet’s strong commitment to being at the forefront of supporting this future-proofing environmental solution. SAF is the standard in the aviation industry.
Angela Avery, WestJet Group Executive Vice President and Chief People, Corporate and Sustainability Officer (CNW Group / WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s fleet leads to sustainability
WestJet Group’s fleet has an average age of less than 10 years and is one of the youngest established North American airlines. Bolstered by WestJet’s recent announcement to purchase an additional 42 737-10 aircraft and 22 options, the airline continues to demonstrate its continued commitment to responsible expansion.
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