Fly the (environmentally) friendly skies: United to commence wide-scale aviation biofuels flights in 2014

June 5, 2013 |

united_airlinesAirline to buy 15 million gallons of drop-in, cost-competitive, sustainable aviation biofuel from AltAir — for flights departing LAX

AltAir Fuels’ renewable jet fuel expected to achieve at least a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis

In Illinois, United Airlines executed a definitive purchase agreement with AltAir Fuels, and has agreed to buy 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period, with the option to purchase more.

With United’s strategic partnership, AltAir Fuels will retrofit part of an existing petroleum refinery to become a 30 million gallon, advanced biofuel refinery near Los Angeles, Calif. AltAir will produce low-carbon, renewable jet fuel and other renewable products.

The airline is purchasing the advanced biofuel at a price competitive with traditional, petroleum-based jet fuel, and AltAir expects to begin delivering five million gallons of renewable jet fuel per year to United starting in 2014. United will use the biofuel on flights operating out of its Los Angeles hub.

In today’s complete coverage: we look at the location of the project, feedstocks, financing, the Green Jet Fuel process, United and Sustainable Aviation Biofuels and background on AltAir — including a complete list of landmark demonstration flights for Honeywell’s UOP Green Jet – you can access the coverage via the page links below.

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