SAE International and Airports Council International World Sign MoU to Support Sustainable Aviation Industry Development and Growth

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Reinforces Collaboration on Standards
and Industry Support of the Transition to Alternative Fuels and Deployment

WARRENDALE, Pa. (June 19, 2023) SAE International proudly announces a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airports Council International (ACI) World. This agreement focuses on supporting the sustainable development, growth and safety of the aviation industry. The MoU seeks to reinforce and build upon the common interest in collaboration to ensure the development of appropriate standards needed to support the industry’s transition to alternative fuels and deployment of advanced air mobility operations at airports.

Together, SAE and ACI World intend to collaborate on projects and activities of common interest including participating in each other’s working groups and committees. In particular, the development of industry standards through the SAE International standard making development process as related to Advanced Air Mobility and Alternative Sustainable Aviation Fuels as well as information, knowledge and expertise sharing to promote the development of the aviation ecosystem.

Additional activities include the cross-promotion of relevant activities, events or publications, to each other’s membership or relevant governance bodies as well as relevant documents, data and information.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “We are pleased to fortify ACI World’s partnership with SAE International through this MoU. As we prepare to welcome 19.3 billion passengers by 2041, ensuring the development of appropriate technical standards to support the industry transition to alternative fuels and the deployment of advanced air mobility operations at airports are of increasing importance. Through the exchange of information, knowledge, and expertise, the MoU sets a framework for our mutual commitment to the aviation’s sustainable growth and development, while safeguarding efficient and safe operations.”

David Schutt, CEO of SAE International added: “SAE is excited to further develop its relationship with ACI World.  The cooperation of global aviation stakeholders is an increasingly vital part of ensuring safety while facilitating innovation and airports play a crucial role in helping to achieve that goal. As we support the community in advancing aviation technology and ensuring a sustainable future of flight through the development of global standards, we value our productive and important partnership with ACI World and look forward to growing our cooperation.

About SAE International
SAE International is a global organization committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including award-winning programs like A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. More at

About ACI World
Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, is a federated organization comprising ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America and the Caribbean and ACI North America. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2023, ACI serves 712 members, operating 1925 airports in 171 countries.


SAE Media Contact:
Jeff Laskowski
SAE International

ACI World Media Contact:
Sabrina Guerrieri 
Interim Director, Communications  
ACI World 
Telephone: +1 514 373 1254 

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