Alaska Airlines. A Boeing 737 before its first flight powered by biofuel and conventional fuel.
MATTHEW L. WALD: Gasoline for cars is commonly blended with corn ethanol. In the last few weeks, airlines have started using blends, too, but their feedstocks are more varied, including chicken fat, algal oil, used fryer grease and parts of inedible plants.
Last week, Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle, began one of the most ambitious test programs to date, a series of 75 flights that will burn a total of 15,000 gallons of an 80/20 blend with ordinary jet fuel. The supplier, Dynamic Fuels of Geismar, La., says it can make the fuel from a wide range of organic substances, including used fryer oil. Tyson, the chicken company, is a partner, providing chicken fat and beef tallow. Continue HERE
Alaska is using the fuel in a daily flight of a Boeing 737 from Seattle to Reagan National Airport in Washington and three daily flights in a Q400 turboprop between Seattle and Portland, Ore. United Airlines also made a demonstration flight from Chicago to Houston for which 40 percent of the fuel was derived from algae.