North Carolina FBO Is Latest To Offer SAF

 - March 4, 2021, 12:27 PM
Koury Aviation joins the very small list of U.S. East Coast FBOs to pump SAF. Rather than add the fuel to its general fuel supply, the Greensboro, N.C., location will keep the shipment of blended fuel segregated for the use of the customers who request it. (Photo: Koury Aviation)

Koury Aviation at North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) has become one of the first FBOs on the U.S. East Coast to sell sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), receiving two truckloads consisting of 14,600 gallons of the blended fuel this week. Each of the loads of drop-In fuel produced by Neste represents a 19 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions versus standard jet fuel.

“When we found out there was an opportunity to receive a delivery of SAF from Avfuel, we knew we had to jump on it,” said company president Brad Koury. “The timing is prime for the fuel’s introduction as [GSO] strives to be a link to a sustainable future, and to send a strong demand signal to current and future suppliers.”

While SAF is slowly becoming more available on the West Coast and in other places around the world, its availability in the eastern U.S. remains sparse. In 2019, ahead of EBACE, Geneva-bound aircraft were able to fuel up for the transatlantic flight on SAF at Republic Airport on New York’s Long Island, and last year—for the Super Bowl in Miami—Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport had SAF available, but only for those who pre-committed to purchasing it.

Koury’s FBO manager, Scott Stuart, told AIN that the FBO will keep the SAF—available to customers who request it—in a separate tank and dispense it with a dedicated refueler. The company hasn't yet determined the pump price for the sustainable fuel.