MIAMI — The Airbus assembly line in Alabama, USA, conducted the first delivery of an A321ceo partially powered by sustainable jet fuel to JetBlue Airways.

Five A321s that the airline is set to receive will be partially powered by biofuels and are to be delivered by the end of the year.

According to Airbus, the delivered A321ceo took off on its delivery flight with 15.5% renewable jet fuel in its tanks.

The fuel will be supplied by Air BP, who have been very involved in this process at Alabama alongside Signature Flight Support, the handling company in charge of loading the combustible.

While this is a first for the Alabama plant, it’s been happening at the Airbus Toulouse assembly line since May 2016.

Frederic Eychenne, the Head of New Energies at Airbus has spearheaded the program and commented on the deliveries from Alabama. “Our goal is to source sustainable fuels in the southeastern United States,” he said.

“It is an opportunity to work closely with local stakeholders to scale-up production and the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels in the region.”

Eychenne added that his team is “actively seeking ideas to leverage Airbus’ strategy into opportunities for new economic development in Alabama.”

Likewise, Robin Hayes, CEO at JetBlue said that he welcomes the opportunity to become more sustainable in the air travel market.

“This is another example of JetBlue acknowledging that a sustainable future for aviation will require cooperation between all parts of the industry.”

“Renewable jet fuel affirms JetBlue’s belief that we can help define our industry’s future path. Our goal is to serve as a market-maker for renewable jet fuel, creating demand and therefore supporting supply,” he said.

JetBlue will benefit from this program, with the Alabama plant receiving its official ISO 14001 certification.

This certificate is a voluntary internationally recognised standard which sets out criteria for an environment management system.

This specific certificate now covers 20 sites across seven countries, comprising 56,000 employees.

This is another step in the right environmental direction for Airbus, who is expanding in the biofuel industry.

With this being expanded onto the A320 Family, it will encourage more purchasing based on environmental factors as well as costs overall.