United Airlines is taking a major step towards building an eco-friendly business today. The airline is going to become the first in the world to operate a flight completely with sustainable aviation fuel.
Sustainable aviation fuel is an alternate solution for airlines to fuel their jets. It is made up of non-petroleum feedstocks. It is worth noting that United Airlines already has made the commitment of purchasing nearly twice as much sustainable aviation fuel as any other airline in the world.
"United continues to lead from the front when it comes to climate change action," said United CEO Scott Kirby, who will fly onboard historic flight.
Kirby added, “Today’s flight is not only a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with the surge in commitments to produce and purchase alternative fuels, we're demonstrating the scalable and impactful way companies can join together and play a role in addressing the biggest challenge of our lifetimes."
The airline will be using a Boeing 737 Max 8 for this and a total of 500 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel will be required to operate the flight.
"Boeing is proud to support United on this historic event as we work together to make aviation more sustainable," said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Boeing Company.