Alaska Airlines has announced an agreement with Shell Aviation to expand the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market beyond a standard fuel supply agreement.

The agreement includes commitments to deepen understanding of SAF technology, infrastructure, carbon accounting systems, and public policy support needed to bring SAF to more markets.

SAF is a certified drop-in fuel that meets the jet fuel standards to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 80% of lifecycle emissions.

The companies state that they will focus on enabling supply to the US West Coast and alleviating fuelling infrastructure challenges in the Pacific Northwest.

Shell Aviation will also supply up to 10 million gallons of neat SAF to Alaska Airlines at their hub in Los Angeles.

“With Shell’s world-class fuel supply chain and deep technical knowledge, we’re aiming to transform West Coast fuel supply,” said Ann Ardizzone, Alaska Airlines VP of strategic sourcing and supply chain management.

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“By leveraging the fuel infrastructure expertise of a major fuel producer, we can advance SAF access in more markets, accelerating the market scale of SAF to reach our environmental goals.”

Both Alaska Airlines and Shell Aviation share an ambition to help scale the SAF market by concurrently addressing cost and volume through multiple strategies to grow the availability and commercial viability of SAF.

“We’re excited to expand our strong relationship with Alaska and amplify our efforts to help decarbonize aviation through SAF supply on the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest,” said Jan Toschka, president of Shell Aviation.

“We need support from the entire ecosystem to build a sustainable future for aviation. This deep level of collaboration will help us put the technologies and supply chain in place to advance the industry.”

Shell Aviation has been expanding its operations in the US this month with the announcement of a similar partnership with budget operator JetBlue.

JetBlue is expected to take delivery of 10 million gallons of blended SAF at LAX from Shell Aviation over the next two years, with an option to purchase up to 5 million more gallons in the third year.