Sustainable aviation biofuel: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to United Airlines

January 24, 2016 |

AltAir Fuels will begin regularly scheduled deliveries of sustainable biojet fuel to United, at LAX in 2016. AltAir’s Paramount, California-based refinery converts sustainable feedstocks, like non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes, into low-carbon, renewable jet fuel.

This biofuel is price-competitive with traditional, petroleum-based jet fuel, but achieves a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions on a life cycle basis when compared to traditional jet fuel. United will purchase up to 15 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel from AltAir over a three-year period, with the option to purchase more. It will be mixed with traditional jet fuel at a 30/70 blend ratio. Here’s an overview of United’s overall sustainable fuels activities.


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