Alaska Airlines and Aeromexico Begin Using Biofuel in Flights, Starting Now

Alaska Airliner taking off

In brief: Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier Horizon Air will be using a 20% biofuel blend, starting this week in flights, while Aeromexico will be using a 15% blend before year's end.

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Alaska Airlines is launching 75 flights to be powered by the SkyNRG 20% bio-based jet fuel. Two flights left Seattle on November 9 for WAshington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon. Those scheduled flights will continue over the next few weeks.

SkyNRG's 20% biofuel is made by Dynamic Fuels (a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corp), which makes it from used cooking oil, has been tested and meets aviation and military safety, sustainability and performance standards. Alaska Air runs oth 737 and Q400 aircraft and plans to use this trial as a springboard towards further development of infrastructure for continued use of the fuels in the future.

Aeromexico is using a 15% blend jet fuel from Honeywell and made from camelina. Flights from Mexico City to San Jose and Costa Rica on the regular route of the airline's 737-700 will be using the fuel indefinitely.

Mexico as a whole plans to have about 1% of all commercial flights using biofuel by 2015 and 15% by 2020.

The Honeywell fuel is made from camelina oil and can be mixed in blends up to 50% with petroleum jet fuels as a drop-in replacement with no aircraft retrofits required. The fuel received commercial ASTM approval in July this year.

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Photo credits: Alaska Air

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