Conventional jet fuels derived from crude oil are easy to produce, easy to process, easy to store, and depending on the global oil price, generally affordable. The primary challenge for SAF is to be able to produce it at a competitive price. Increased volumes over time are expected to lead to lower costs due to economies of scale.
At this time, SAF is not widely available, but this is expected to change. There are currently a limited number of airports and operators using SAF on a routine, ongoing basis. Business Aviation manufacturers and fuel suppliers are also working to help business aircraft operators increase their use of SAF. Several Business Aviation operators and manufacturers have secured contracts with suppliers for SAF. Most of the manufacturers and operators use these fuels on a routine basis to satisfy sustainability goals, and have undertaken many high-profile flights using SAF.
The industry is trending in the right direction, with the use of SAF steadily expanding around the globe, driven by a desire to be a responsible steward of the environment.