the environment increasingly under the microscope, United Airlines stands
alone as the only USA flag carrier to utilize biofuel.
overlooked in the general rush of things on June 5th was United’s
Flight for the Planet, the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its
kind in the history of aviation, as World Environment Day was celebrated
United Makes Airline History
5, 2019 was also the day United became the first airline in the world
to demonstrate all of the following key actions on a single commercial
flight: utilization of sustainable aviation biofuel; zero cabin waste
efforts; carbon offsetting; and operational efficiencies.
Eco Los Angeles Since 2016
flight departed from gate B12 at United's hometown hub of Chicago O'Hare
for its "eco-hub" in Los Angeles, where sustainable aviation
biofuel has helped power all the airline's flights from the Southern California
hub since 2016.
has said that it intends to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2050.
Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
has powered the Flight for the Planet using a 30/70 blend of low-carbon,
sustainable aviation fuel provided by Boston-based World Energy, and traditional
biofuel alone achieves a greater than 60% reduction in greenhouse gas
emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional jet fuel, and using
biofuel is one of the most effective ways an airline can reduce its impact
on the environment.
The One & Only
recently renewed its contract with World Energy, agreeing to purchase
up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive, sustainable aviation biofuel
over the next two years.
was the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation biofuel on
a continuous basis and the only airline in the United States to currently
Flight for the Planet represents yet another innovative initiative the
airline has undertaken to reduce its overall footprint and further ensure
its reputation as the world's most environmentally conscious airlines,”
the carrier said.
United Effort Moves The World
of United's most significant environmental achievements include:
• Becoming the first airline globally to use sustainable
aviation biofuel on a continuous basis, marking a significant milestone
in the industry by moving beyond test programs and demonstrations to the
everyday use of low-carbon fuel in ongoing operations.
• Investing more than $30 million in California-based
sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, which remains the
single largest investment by any airline globally in sustainable fuels.
United's agreement to purchase nearly 1 billion gallons from Fulcrum BioEnergy
is the largest offtake agreement for biofuel in the airline industry.
• Becoming the first airline to fly with Boeing's
Split Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by an additional
2 percent versus standard winglets; United is the largest Scimitar winglet
operator today, with nearly 400 aircraft equipped with these winglets.
• Becoming the first U.S. airline to repurpose items
from the carrier's international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering
with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.
Also United For The Birds
United is partnering with Audubon International
to protect raptors – including hawks, owls and kestrels –
in and around United's hubs and resettle the birds of prey at habitats
where the species are more likely to thrive.
For more information on United's commitment to
environmental sustainability, visit united.com/ecoskies.
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