Aviation will become greener in small steps rather than the giant leaps hoped
Continental Airlines today became the first North American airline to demonstrate the use of sustainable biofuel to power a commercial aircraft when one of its Boeing 737-800s took off from George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport shortly after noon local time fueled in part with algae and jatropha oil.
As AIN launches this column, “SOP: Strategies, Options & Perspectives,” I find myself in the new capacity of NBAA president emeritus, self-employed entrepreneur based at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey and commenter on the passing scene.
Honeywell Aerospace, along with Honeywell subsidiary UOP, Airbus, JetBlue and International Aero Engines (IAE), are joining efforts to develop a sustainable biofuel, using feedstocks that do not compete with food or water resources. The five partners will focus on converting bio feedstocks to commercial aviation fuels. Those feedstocks could be algae.