Atlantic Aviation, which operates the sole FBO at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (KASE) in Colorado, has nearly electrified its entire fleet of ramp service equipment there. The company has introduced battery-powered ground power units, which, in addition to eliminating noise pollution, will also save 180 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
The chain has also stationed some of the industry’s first all-electric refuelers—unveiled at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference earlier this year—at the location.
These are the latest steps Atlantic has taken to lessen its environmental impact at KASE. Since 2007, it has utilized all-electric tugs at the airport and in 2018 converted its entire facility to energy-efficient LED lighting. In 2021, the company began pumping sustainable aviation fuel—making it only the second location in the state to offer continuous supplies of SAF.
“Our efforts in Aspen are a key part of a cohesive strategy to raise the bar on what we as a company and as an industry can do to minimize business aviation’s impact on the environment,” said Brian Corbett, Atlantic’s chief commercial and sustainability officer. “Our work at KASE sets a high standard for sustainability and noise reduction which we will be able to replicate at other locations across our network.”
Atlantic’s long-term lease at KASE will expire in September and the company is competing with two other chains over whether it will receive a renewal.