Alaska Airlines also brings biofuels to commercial runways

Alaska Airlines also brings biofuels to commercial runways

Summary: The carrier plans 75 flights over the next several weeks between Seattle and two other cities that will use about 20 percent biofuel blend.

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Since quite a few of you read the short item here earlier this week about the first commercial passenger flight by United Airlines of an aircraft running (at least partially) on algae-derived biofuel, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that rival carrier Alaska Airlines is actually running 75 similar biofuel-powered flights over the next several weeks.

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The airline is running those select flights between Seattle and two other cities, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore. The biofuel used for its flights is about 20 percent of the fuel blend for the planes, and it was made from cooking oil. The fuel was supplied by SkyNRG, which is an aviation biofuels broker. It was produced by Dynamic Fuels, which has a facility in Geismar, La.

Alaska Air Group estimates that the use of biofuels will reduced the emissions associated with the flights by about 10 percent. If the airline switched entirely to a biofuel-blend approach, the annual savings would be the equivalent of taking 64,000 cars off the road each year, according to the airline's estimates.

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  • RE: Alaska Airlines also brings biofuels to commercial runways

    I'm curoius on the cost of these fuels. Does these fuels cost more or less then normal jet fuel? Reportedly they are better for the environment.
    TheHonestTruth
    • RE: Alaska Airlines also brings biofuels to commercial runways

      @TheHonestTruth
      This particular fuel is reported by other sources as costing more than 4 times what conventional petroleum derived fuel does. This popped up on my Google home page earlier today:

      http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/11/alaska-airlines-begins-scheduled-service-burning-biofuel/

      The bio fuel should be more carbon neutral--aside from the energy cost of reclaiming it. Add the price should come down with demand of course.
      Bill4
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