United becomes the first airline to fly on 100% sustainable fuel

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United becomes the first airline to fly on 100% sustainable fuel
Source: United Airlines
December 02, 2021

The demonstration flight with more than 100 passengers was flown from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC


United operated an unprecedented flight yesterday that will serve as a turning point in the industry's effort to combat climate change: For the first time in aviation history, a commercial airline will fly a jet full of passengers using 100 aviation fuel. Sustainable% (SAF). The airline also announced the second round of corporate participants in the airline's Eco-Skies Alliance SM program to collectively contribute to the purchase of SAF.

United is the world leader in the use and support for the development of SAF, an alternative fuel made from non-petroleum raw materials, and already has agreements to purchase nearly twice as much SAF as known agreements from all other global airlines combined. SAF has the potential to deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel, but at a fraction of its carbon footprint, and according to the US Department of Energy, the country's vast raw material resources are enough to Meet the projected fuel demand of the entire US aviation industry.

"United continues to lead from the front lines when it comes to action against climate change," said United CEO Scott Kirby, who has been aboard the historic flight. "Not only is the SAF flight a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with increased commitments to produce and purchase alternative fuels, we are demonstrating the scalable and impactful way that companies can come together and play a role in tackling the greatest challenge of our lives. "

The demo flight, which departed yesterday with more than 100 passengers from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and landed at Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, was conducted in a new United 737 MAX 8 and used 500 gallons of SAF in one engine and the same amount of conventional aviation fuel in the other engine to further demonstrate that there are no operational differences between the two and to set the stage for more scalable uses of SAF by all airlines in the future. Currently, airlines can only use a maximum of 50% SAF on board. The SAF used on today's flight is ready and compatible with existing aircraft fleets.

United has operated this unprecedented flight in partnership with Boeing, CFM International, Virent, a subsidiary of Marathon, whose technology enables 100% instant SAF, and World Energy, the first and only commercial producer of SAF in the world and in the Americas

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