United Airlines to Purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel Abroad, First U.S. Carrier to Do So

By Jonathan Spira on 10 May 2022
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United Airlines announced a plan on Tuesday to purchase sustainable aviation fuel abroad.

The move would make it the first U.S. carrier to do so, it said.

The airline said that it had signed an agreement with Espoo, Finland-headquartered Neste, a sustainable fuel company, that gives United the option to buy up to 52.5 million gallons (237 million liters) over the next three years.

United will use the fuel at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, and possibly at other non-U.S. airports.

“As the airline that has invested more than any other airline in sustainable aviation fuel production, it makes sense to expand our network of partners internationally,” said Lauren Riley, the airline’s chief sustainability officer.

Riley said that United passengers are increasingly calling on the airline to take action to limit its emissions from flying.

In the first year of the agreement, United will only purchase 2.5 million gallons (11.4 million liters) but that figure will increase dramatically in years 2 and 3 of the agreement.

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