Why airlines want to charge you for flying on french-fry oil

March 10, 2023
United delivered its sales pitch via Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch, Michael J. Coren writes for the Washington Post.

CHICAGO - United Airlines wants you to fly on airplanes fueled by old socks, rancid pistachio shells and leftover french-fry oil rather than petroleum. And it’s asking you for a little cash to help, Michael J. Coren writes for the Washington PostContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 March 2023 - Airlines are committed to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 and see SAF as a key contributor. Current estimates expect SAF to account for 65% of the mitigation needed for this, requiring a production capacity of 450 billion liters annually in 2050.

United announced it would be working with Air Canada, Boeing, GE Aerospace, JPMorgan Chase and Honeywell to create a supply chain of sustainable fuel.

In February, The Boeing Co. in Arlington, Va. has announced they will purchase 5.6 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Espoo, Finland-based Neste. The fuel will be used to support Boeing's domestic commercial operations through the calendar year. The 5.6 million gallons of SAF more than doubles Boeing's purchase in 2022.

Related: United Airlines' new partnership could power 50,000 flights with sustainable aviation fuel

Related: Sustainable Aviation Fuel production tripled in 2022: IATA

Related: A sudden rush to make sustainable aviation fuel mainstream

Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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