Magellan Jets is dedicated to advancing sustainable business aviation solutions—not just for our guests, but for the benefit of the entire private jet industry. Our sustainability initiatives are driven by our customers, and we’re proud to help them build their legacy of responsible, green travel.
“Magellan Jets is committed to creating and maintaining a legacy that makes the world a better place to live,” says Magellan Jets CEO Joshua M. Hebert. “Whether by working to limit the carbon footprint of flight today or by devoting resources to building the eco-friendly aircraft network of tomorrow, we proudly represent the voice of the customer in advancing sustainable private aviation solutions.”
Here’s how we’re helping to build a more sustainable business aviation industry:
We’re committed to powering 100 percent of our flights using sustainable fuel sources by 2030
We’re committed to offering our clients 100 percent carbon-zero flights by 2040
We’re in the process of actively selecting manufacturers in order to acquire innovative, alternatively powered aircraft as they become technologically viable
But green travel isn’t something just over the horizon—sustainable private aviation is already a reality for our guests. From carbon offsetting and recapture to sustainability-minded partnerships, read on to learn about how Magellan Jets is making private travel greener today.
CARBON OFFSETS - Celebrating 5 Years With Terrapass
Even the most efficient aviation program still leaves a trail of carbon output. Carbon offsets allow travelers to counteract some of the secondary effects of their flight. By using offsets to invest in projects that reduce carbon and greenhouse gases in other areas, travelers can balance out the impact of their flying.
Through our partnership with terrapass, the undeniable leader in the carbon offsetting industry, all Magellan Jets guests—from Jet Card owners to membership holders to on-demand charter customers—have the ability to carbon offset their entire private aviation portfolio (even travel not arranged by Magellan) and have been able to do so since 2019. Through terrapass, we have also carbon offset all company operations, from our Quincy Headquarters and Bedford Private Terminal to our employees’ travel and commutes. Stay tuned—in 2023, we’re pledging to give our guests even more options for offsetting their travel through our award-winning private aviation programs.
Terrapass was first in their space to invest in understanding emissions on an aircraft-specific basis, making them the perfect match for Magellan. They are one of the only third-party audited and certified offset companies in the United States, using carbon credits to directly fund reputable renewable energy and greenhouse gas projects such as wind power and landfill gas capture initiatives. Since 2004, Terrapass projects have resulted in the reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere equivalent to billions of pounds of carbon dioxide.
This year, we’re also exploring new investments in Carbon Capture. Carbon Capture is the process of capturing and removing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and storing them deep underground so they can no longer cause damage to the environment.
Using Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)
Sustainable Aviation Fuels, or SAFs, come from sustainable, renewable resources like biomass, algae, and agricultural waste products instead of fossil fuels. As a result, they can be up to 80 percent less carbon intensive over their life cycle than fossil jet fuels, and will help the aviation industry greatly reduce its carbon footprint.
Read More: 11 Things To Know About Sustainable Aviation Fuels
While several commercial airlines have already begun using SAFs, the business aviation industry has an important role to play in making their use more widespread. Currently, one of the barriers to wider SAF use is the limited global supply chain for the sustainable fuels, but enthusiasm for SAFs in the business aviation community will drive higher demand for increased SAF production and get more SAF on the market.
Magellan Jets is helping to set an example for the use of SAFs across the wider aviation industry. We have already begun the shift toward working with preferred operators based on their use of SAFs, directing our purchasing power away from traditional fuels and toward cleaner, greener alternatives—and as mentioned above, we are working toward a goal of ensuring all our flights are powered 100 percent by sustainable fuel sources by 2030.
A Commitment to SUSTAINABLE partners
Magellan Jets is proud to connect clients to the best in safe, purely private, and unforgettable destinations and experiences—and our commitment to sustainability extends to each partnership and collaboration we undertake on behalf of our guests. We will only work with brands and partners who share our sustainability mission. Here are three examples of our brand partners’ exemplary green initiatives:
GREEN GRAND SLAM WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX
This year, Magellan Jets became a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox—and our newest partner boasts a wealth of green initiatives at Fenway Park and beyond. They’ve been recognized by Major League Baseball for having the highest percentage of diverted waste of all teams in the American League East!
In 2008, the Red Sox became the first team in the MLB to install solar thermal panels at their ballpark. The 28 panels, located on the roof behind home plate, help sustainably heat the water used throughout the facility, replacing 37% of the gas traditionally used for the process and avoiding 18 tons of CO2 emissions annually. In addition, the team has offset 100% of Fenway’s electricity consumption with renewable energy resources.
ECO-FRIENDLY GETAWAYS AT NEMACOLIN
Nemacolin is nestled among 2,200 scenic acres within Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains. Director of Sustainability Bret Campbell says the resort is dedicated to preserving and protecting the breathtaking beauty of the Laurel Highlands, and sees itself as a steward of the surrounding nature.
Nemacolin has launched several sustainability initiatives in order to minimize their environmental impact and ensure a green, glorious future in their mountain home. Energy efficiency initiatives range from converting all lighting across the property to use high-efficiency LED bulbs to converting their fleet of golf carts to electric vehicles, and by summer 2023, a 138.8kW Photovoltaic Solar Array will power The Chateau, the largest hotel at Nemacolin. The resort is also dedicated to resource conservation and creating sustainable menus at all of their world-class dining locations.
CORAL REEF RESTORATION WITH LOVANGO
Each luxurious oceanside accommodation at the eco-conscious Lovango Beach Club & Resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands was built with a soft footprint and designed to be in complete harmony with nature; the resort even serves their own sustainably made Little Gem Spirits distilled from the breadfruit tree. But most significantly, Lovango is working with the University of the Virgin Islands on a large coral reef restoration project on the reefs surrounding Lovango Cay. Guests at the resort can view the restoration firsthand and learn about the value of healthy coral reefs.
YOUR GUIDE TO GREEN TRAVEL
If you’re curious about the ways you can work to reduce your carbon footprint and make your private travel more sustainable, we’ve developed a useful resource for private travelers in our Green Travel Guide. Learn about the effects of private aviation on the environment and Magellan’s role in providing sustainable travel options with our private traveler’s toolkit!