United to use sustainable biofuel on scheduled services

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United Airlines is to use sustainable biofuel on scheduled services, on Flight 708 between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The airline will purchase 15 million gallons from AltAir Paramount over three years and will use the fuel for two weeks between the Californian cities while it integrates the biofuel into regular airport operations.

United managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability, Angela Foster-Rice says: “Today’s historic launch of regularly scheduled service utilising advanced biofuels represents a major next step in our ongoing commitment to operate sustainably and responsibly.”

Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti says: “LAX and United Airlines have broken new ground with fuel that reduces carbon emissions by as much as 60 percent when compared to standard jet fuel. Today, we set a new standard for sustainability in aviation — an example I hope the rest of the industry will follow in the coming years.”