NetJets Steps Up Green Efforts, Retires Marquis

The fractional company has issued the first biannual report on its global sustainability program and renamed its jet card.

NetJets’ U.S. fleet flew 750,000 nautical miles with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and offset 38,543 tonnes of CO2 in the past six months, according to the fractional aircraft provider's first biannual report on its global sustainability program, which it launched in October. Also during the period, 7,650 carbon-neutral flight hours were purchased and the Columbus, Ohio–based company saw a 61 percent enrollment increase in its Blue Skies program, which encourages fractional shareowners to purchase an equivalent amount of carbon credits to ensure their flights are carbon neutral.

Meanwhile, NetJets Europe, which has been carbon neutral since 2012, offset 4,724 tonnes of carbon in the same period.

“Our worldwide sustainability efforts continue to be a source of pride and passion for us at NetJets and a key business priority in 2021 and beyond,” said NetJets executive vice president of administrative services Brad Ferrell. “Our financial and operational commitments, to SAF in particular, not only push competitors to take a stance on the issue but also help guarantee the continued availability of sustainable fuel for the larger aviation industry. This is just the beginning of our journey, and we are invigorated to further our progress as the leader in sustainable private aviation.”

The report follows NetJets' February purchase of a 20 percent stake in WasteFuel, which aims to convert landfill waste into SAF by 2025. Further, NetJets plans to purchase 100 million gallons of SAF in the next decade.

In other news at NetJets, the company has retired the Marquis Jet card name “to create more consistency and build upon the strength of the NetJets brand,” the company told BJT. “We believed our card program should be renamed to align with NetJets Share and NetJets Lease. By calling it the NetJets Card, we promote simplification across the marketplace and can leverage our brand name itself rather than having to promote different brand identities at the product level.”