Virgin Australia and Boeing Join Forces on Sustainability

Virgin Australia and Boeing have leveraged their long-standing and deepening technology relationship into a wide-ranging Sustainability-related Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Signed in Seattle, the MoU targets five aspirational areas, from addressing the high-profile challenge of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), to promoting First Nations supply chains, careers for women in aviation, high-quality carbon offsets, and closer US-Australia clean energy cooperation.

The MoU also recognises the ability of both Virgin Australia and Boeing to leverage their significant Australian operational footprints to amplify and accelerate sustainability-related outcomes, with particular reference to the following areas of focus:

Sustainable Fuels (SAF): Boeing and Virgin Australia will prioritise joint advocacy for the development of an Australian SAF industry, supporting domestic policy and supply chain investment to accelerate SAF production.

Carbon Offsetting: Boeing and Virgin Australia will partner to advance robust Australian carbon offsets that support regional development, particularly for First Nations people. Both companies will work to leverage existing networks to help raise public awareness about high-quality decarbonisation opportunities via market-based measures.

First Nations Engagement and Inclusion: Boeing and Virgin Australia will work closely to identify areas of potential acceleration in this domain, with a particular focus on procurement opportunities from First Nations suppliers.

Workforce development and inclusion: As two major Australian employers, the companies will partner to identify opportunities to accelerate workforce inclusion efforts in areas such as gender and First Nations people’s representation, internships, and graduate opportunities, disability accessibility, and broader capability uplift such as mentoring programs.

Australia-US bilateral clean energy cooperation: Reflecting their significant role in the Australia-US economic relationship, Boeing and Virgin Australia commit to work in close cooperation to advance the ambitions of the 2023 Australia-United States Climate, Critical Minerals, and Clean Energy Transformation Compact.  In particular, its objective to advance responsible clean energy supply chains. 

Virgin Australia Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer, Christian Bennett said the MoU reflects a marrying of minds and ambition between the two companies and will complement the longstanding and deepening technology relationship between Virgin Australia and Boeing.

“This is the first sustainability-focused MoU between our companies and we are delighted to partner with Boeing. This MoU, which combines our deep expertise in Australia’s commercial aviation industry with Boeing’s global knowledge and insights, will help to drive and amplify change,” he said.

“We know this will not happen overnight, but we are committed to accelerating our effort in a responsible and credible fashion. High-quality partnerships like this MoU with Boeing will be an important enabler of that acceleration,” Bennett added.