Million Air Burbank Now Stocking SAF

 - July 8, 2021, 3:02 PM
Million Air's Burbank, California facility has become the first of the chain's 31 locations to offer continuous supplies of sustainable aviation fuel. (Photo: Million Air)

Million Air has become the latest FBO chain to offer continually available sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with its facility at Los Angeles-area Bob Hope Burbank Airport (KBUR) receiving its first load late last month.

The approximately 8,000 gallons of blended SAF, produced by Neste and supplied by Avfuel, represents a 22-tonne reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle, compared to conventional jet-A. A drop-in replacement that fully meets ASTM D-1655 specifications for jet fuel in its blended form, SAF does not require any separate storage tanks or system modifications and, in most cases, it is simply pumped into the FBO's fuel farm.

“I think most of us in the aviation industry have been looking for ways to play a part in the battle against climate change,” said Priscilla Howden, the location’s general manager. “When we were given the opportunity to provide SAF to our customers, we jumped on it. Working with flight departments, Avfuel, Neste, and [KBUR] on a joint effort to reduce carbon emissions has been an incredible and inspiring experience.”

Given the state’s sustainable fuel incentives, California has become a hotbed for SAF usage as more FBOs receive supplies. Sonoma Jet Center at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (KSTS) also recently began permanently stocking the renewable fuel after receiving several truckloads on behalf of a flight department customer over the past few months.