Airlines Agree to Buy Renewable Jet Fuel

John Davis

altair_logoFourteen major airlines from the United States, Mexico, Canada and Germany, led by the Air Transport Association (ATA), have agreed to buy up to 750 million gallons of renewable jet fuel and diesel derived from camelina and produced by Seattle-based AltAir Fuels.

This AltAir Fuels press release says the green fuel will be produced from camelina oil obtained from Montana-based Sustainable Oils at a new facility in Anacortes, Washington and would replace about 10 percent of the petroleum fuel consumed annually at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport … enough to reduce the airport’s carbon emissions by about 14 billion pounds over 10 years:

“Today’s announcement reinforces the proactive steps that airlines are taking to stimulate competition in the aviation fuel supply chain, contribute to the creation of green jobs, and promote energy security through economically viable alternatives that also demonstrate environmental benefits,” said Glenn Tilton, ATA board chairman and UAL Corporation and United Airlines chairman, president and CEO. “Our intention as an airline industry is to continue to do our part by supporting the use of alternative fuels. We urge the U.S. government and the investment community also to do their part to further support this critical energy opportunity,” said Tilton.

“We commend the ATA and its member airlines’ commitment to reducing carbon emissions and the leadership role they have taken in the airline industry,” said Tom Todaro, CEO of AltAir. “Our camelina-based fuels will reduce emissions, provide American farmers additional revenue sources, while creating hundreds of new jobs and reducing our dependency on imported oil. We look forward to replicating this model in other parts of the country and the world in the coming years.”

Airlines included in the deal include, American Airlines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx Express, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Blue Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, Polar Air Cargo, United Airlines, UPS Airlines, and US Airways.