Aviation

Lower emissions at high altitude

New solutions from takeoff to touchdown

Lower emissions at high altitude

Lowering emissions and improving performance

Planes are an integral part of the global movement of people, goods and trade, and with demand projected to increase through 2040, finding new, lower-emission fuels to power those flights is crucial to reducing the risk of climate change. With decades of experience in the aviation sector, we are pushing for new breakthroughs that improve overall performance and lower emissions.

The future of flying

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a lower carbon intensity alternative to traditional jet fuel made from a blend of renewable sources and jet fuel. It can be produced from several sources, including bio-derived feedstocks such as fats, oils, greases, sugar or materials such as municipal solid waste and recycled industrial gases, that reduce the need for fuel produced from conventional sources.

ExxonMobil is already distributing SAF to customers in France, Singapore and the UK with plans to produce 200,000 barrels per day of lower-emission fuels by 2030. 

Learn more about ExxonMobil’s plans in this space
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A dream oil: Mobil Jet Oil™ 387

A decade in the making, ExxonMobil’s Mobil Jet Oil™ 387 plays its part in helping air carriers more efficiently transport passengers and cargo. Designed to operate in extreme temperatures while providing consistent protection, the Mobil Jet Oil™ 387 is an innovation wonder that will help enhance aircraft reliability and minimize downtime.

As airlines and engine manufacturers look to create new aircrafts that reduce fuel burn and emissions, ExxonMobil continues to innovate to meet industry demands.

Nose-to-tail solutions

A boarding pass may be your ticket to a new adventure, but that flight would not be possible without a suite of fuel and lubricant products flowing throughout the plane. Together, these products help allow for a flight with fewer emissions. Here’s an inside look at the fuels, oils, fluids and grease that make all that possible.

Jet engine oils

ExxonMobil’s jet engine oils support the high-performance requirements of the most-advanced jet engines, helping long-term reliability and minimizing downtime.

Aviation fuels

ExxonMobil aviation jet fuel supports commercial, general and military aviation. They’re readily available and continuously tested and upgraded, and supported by our commitment to the environment, safety and security.

Hydraulic fluids

ExxonMobil hydraulic fluids are fire-resistant and provide long-term protection against wear and corrosion.

Greases

ExxonMobil aviation greases provide strong performance in some of the most extreme temperatures. Their longevity minimizes wear and tear, which helps aircraft operators minimize waste.

Innovation: from Kitty Hawk to biofuels

For more than a century, ExxonMobil has helped the industry reach new heights. Its work is rooted in science and in a commitment to engineer solutions that advance performance.
letter from Orville Wright

Yesterday

In 1903 when the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, took that first step off a sand dune at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they created a breakthrough of innovation that continues today. On that day, Jersey Standard fuel and Mobil oil products were used in that first flight.

Today

Fast forward to today, where ExxonMobil is working with a number of outside organizations — including Viridos, Inc. and Global Clean Energy — to help develop biofuels that could change the future of aviation. It’s a lineage based on a belief that new ideas are worth pursuing, and sometimes those ideas can change the world.
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A deeper dive

The future of lower-emission transportation fuels

For 30 years, Russ Green has worked primarily in ExxonMobil’s fuels and lubricants businesses. Today Russ is focused on developing lower-emission fuels for the highest emitting industries. Energy Factor recently spoke with Russ about the future of transportation and innovations he’s working on to help lower emissions.

Aviation Energy Factor May 13, 2022

The road to 2040: What's fueling transportation growth

Projections that the global middle class will increase by 1.7 billion people over the next two decades means a lot more energy will be needed in the years ahead to move planes, trains and automobiles.

Emerging tech Energy Factor Feb. 27, 2020

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Working on tomorrow's biofuel

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc.) and ExxonMobil have worked together for a decade now, driven by a single goal: Create a pathway to refine algae oils into low-emission diesel that can power trucks, boats, even planes.

Advanced biofuels Energy Factor May 28, 2019