JetBlue and Fidelis sign agreement for 92 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), pilots receive aid from ALPA

JetBlue Airways and Fidelis New Energy, LLC have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide JetBlue with at least 92 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Fidelis’ Grön Fuels GigaSystem™ at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana. This SAF is expected to be delivered over the five-year term with a targeted start date of 2025.

With this MOU, Fidelis’ negative carbon intensity SAF is helping JetBlue advance toward its goal to reach 10 percent of its total fuel usage as SAF on a blended basis by 2030. JetBlue is the only US carrier to be flying regular domestic flights using both available SAF producers delivering today and continues to support the emerging SAF market with significant commitments as the airline continues to grow its SAF mix. The SAF from the Grön Fuels GigaSystem is innovatively designed to achieve negative lifecycle carbon intensity by integrating carbon capture & sequestration (CCS) and biomass energy with CCS (BECCS).

Designed to be the largest and highest efficiency purpose-built renewable fuels facility in North America, the Grön Fuels GigaSystem will produce an estimated 1 billion gallons per year (65,000 barrels per day) of sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, and other low carbon products. Grön Fuels further enhances its efficiency and industry-leading carbon intensity by capturing waste process heat to generate power, producing biogas from byproducts and using its highly flexible processing capabilities to produce carbon negative SAF from a wide array of existing and emerging low carbon intensity feedstocks.

In other news, JetBlue Airways pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), were approved for a $5 million grant from ALPA’s Major Contingency Fund after this week’s round of contract negotiations with management resulted in insufficient progress to yield an agreement acceptable to the pilot group.

In order to avoid possible labor strife, management must come to the bargaining table with proposals that appropriately value its pilots with contractual compensation improvements. This grant creates a “war chest” that can be used for events, informational picketing, advertising, and other prominent media activities to highlight the need for a new pilot contract.

The pilots have been negotiating for short-term extension that is narrowly focused on a few economic improvements to bring their contract in line with the rising market for pilots at other airlines—before JetBlue engages in potentially lengthy merger discussions. An extension would spare management the need for full contract negotiations and allow them to focus on the merger. The pilots’ current four-year contract became amendable on August 1, 2022. The pilots are driving for negotiations to conclude before the end of 2022, with the last negotiating session scheduled for December 13–14.

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