Fuel represents the largest single cost for the airline and air cargo business. Many airlines impose fuel surcharges to recover costs and hedge against short- to medium-term fluctuations in fuel price. While many companies take a good look at their fleet composition and operational practices to reduce their fuel consumption, there has also been increased interest in sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offset programs, driven in part by impending regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and customer preferences, as well as the desire to be “doing the right thing.”
This report contains our assessment of how the airline industry is handling the topic of fuel, fuel innovation and related issues. Our analysis is complemented by the findings from an industry survey that Jet Fuel Innovation News and Cargo Facts Consulting conducted between November 2019 and January 2020, which received approximately 220 responses from a range of passenger and cargo airlines, as well as other industry participants. Approximately 95 respondents were airlines.
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