Issued by National Business Aviation Association.
October 21, 2019
Civic and business leaders today welcomed the return of the world's largest business aviation trade show to Las Vegas, and welcomed the first-time availability of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) as part of the event's aircraft display.
NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) opens this week, and runs Tuesday to Thursday, October 22 to 24, at HND and the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As part of the show's week-long focus on sustainability, all turbine airplanes refuelling at the airport will take on some amount of SAF before departure. The fuel is a non-fossil power source that can reduce aviation's carbon lifecycle emissions by up to 80%.
After planes refuel and depart at the show's close on Thursday, October 24, an estimated 150,000 gallons of SAF are expected to have been pumped at HND – thanks to a collaborative effort between the airport, local fuel suppliers and show organisers.
“I applaud this effort to reduce the aviation emissions footprint in Southern Nevada, and look forward to the continued implementation of other sustainability initiatives throughout our Clark County Aviation System,” said Clark County commissioner Michael Naft. “These first steps toward a more environmentally conscious aviation operation would not be possible without strong partnerships within the industry. We appreciate NBAA's leadership in this area and its long-standing focus on sustainability.”
The business aviation industry has long been committed to sustainability, including through the development and adoption of SAF, and this year's NBAA-BACE will feature sustainability programming and events throughout the show.
“Sustainability, including the availability and use of SAF, is key to the future of business aviation,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “We applaud airport and county leaders for partnering with us to make SAF available at Henderson Executive Airport this week. This initiative demonstrates that as it becomes more available, and people are increasingly aware of it, demand for use of the fuels will continually increase as well.”
Bringing about 25,000 attendees to the city, NBAA-BACE is expected to generate a total economic impact of $40.5 million over the course of the week, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
“With more than 24,000 meetings conducted in Las Vegas every year, business aviation has an important impact on the local economy,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “As a community and an organisation, we also share a mutual focus on sustainability. Southern Nevada is a leading example of water conservation efforts using less water today than we did thirty years ago. We are also a leading destination for renewable energy and commend NBAA for their SAF efforts especially while they are here in town.”