NBAA defends bizav’s sustainability record


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has defended business aviation’s sustainability record following recent criticism of the sector.

The NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen (pictured) penned an open letter following an article by The Washington Post which “set up a false debate about the value of business aviation”.

Bolen said he wanted to “get the facts on the table” and clarify what the sector is doing to improve its sustainability. He highlighted that business aviation continually leads the way in emissions reductions due to investment in technologies in recent decades and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and electric and hydrogen propulsion.

The CEO also stressed the importance of private aviation being used as a tool for business, fostering job growth and economic opportunity in America. He said: “Independent studies have repeatedly found that the sector supports more than a million jobs and $200bn in US economic activity each year.”

Signing off the letter, Bolen said: “Nearly 120 years ago, the Wright brothers defied naysayers with their innovative spirit and put America on a path towards global leadership in aviation, an industry that positively shapes our world today. We will build on that legacy in a safe, secure and sustainable way.”

Read Bolen’s full letter in response to The Washington Post article.

Meanwhile, last week, Directional Aviation, Alder Fuels, 4Air and Flexjet partnered to launch a new type of next-generation SAF backed by blockchain technology to prove its carbon-reducing credentials.