Alaska Airlines Starts Biofuel Flights This Week

By Paul Riegler on 7 November 2011
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Alaska Airlines announced it will fly a total of 75 passenger flights using biofuel, starting this Wednesday.  The first two flights depart Seattle on November 9 for Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon.

Alaska and Horizon Air, a related carrier, will operate flights between Seattle and the two cities over the coming two weeks using a 20% blend of biofuel made from used cooking oil.  The fuel, according to the airline, meets rigorous aviation and military safety, sustainability, and performance standards.

“Commercial airplanes are equipped and ready for biofuels,” said Billy Glover, Boeing’s vice president of environment and aviation policy. “They will enable us to fly cleaner, foster job growth in a new industry, and can insulate airlines from the volatile price swings of conventional fuel to help make air travel more economical.”

The fuel is being sourced from SkyNRG, an aviation biofuels broker, and made by Dynamic Fuels, a producer of next-generation renewable, synthetic fuels made from used cooking oil.  Dynamic Fuels is a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum.

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