United Airlines said that on March 11 it began using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights.
According to United, it is the first U.S. airline to move beyond demonstration flights and test programs to the use of advanced biofuels for ongoing operations.
“Today’s historic launch of regularly scheduled service utilizing advanced biofuels represents a major next step in our ongoing commitment to operate sustainably and responsibly,” Angela Foster-Rice, United’s managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability, said in a statement. “United is a leader in the advancement of alternative fuels, and, along with our partners at AltAir Paramount, we are taking action every day to minimize our impact on the environment and explore new ways to improve efficiency.”
United has agreed to purchase up to 15 million gallons of sustainable biofuel from AltAir Paramount over a three-year period. The airline said it has begun using the biofuel in its daily operations at Los Angeles International Airport, storing and delivering it in the same way as traditional fuel. In addition, United will operate flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco with the dedicated use of AltAir Paramount renewable fuel for two weeks, while also integrating the fuel into its regular operations at the airport.
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