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United signs agreement to purchase SAF at Amsterdam Schiphol


United Airlines has become the first US carrier to make an international purchase agreement for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) after signing a deal with Neste for supplies at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The deal provides United with the right to buy up to 160,000 tonnes (52.5 million gallons) of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ over the next three years to fuel United flights at Amsterdam Schiphol, and potentially other airports, as well.

“Reducing carbon emissions from fuel use is the fastest way United will 100% reach our green goal by 2050,” notes United’s chief sustainability officer, Lauren Riley.


“It makes sense to accelerate our use of SAF and expand our network of partners internationally with a leading company like Neste.

“The demand from our customers to limit their emissions from flying is growing exponentially, and this agreement means that United customers flying from Amsterdam will be partners in our sustainability efforts.”

Neste will provide United with 7,500 tonnes (2.5 million gallons) of SAF in Amsterdam in the first year. United will also have the right to purchase up to 60,000 tonnes (20 million gallons) in the second year, and up to 90,000 tonnes (30 million gallons) in the third year.

“We’re excited to be partnering with United in this milestone purchase agreement and make our SAF available to United, also an industry leader in SAF investments,” said Thorsten Lange, Neste’s executive vice president for renewable aviation.

“Our global, fast-growing SAF production and supply chain supports airlines and their customers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Neste is committed to helping aviation transition to a more sustainable future, and we look forward to expanding our co-operation with United.”

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