07 Nov '11, 4pm

Is Greener Air Travel on the Horizon?

Is Greener Air Travel on the Horizon?

Technological progress is impossible to predict, but it's safe bet that we won't be flying solar- or wind-powered airplanes anytime soon. So the best hope of flying without emitting large volumes of greenhouse gases lies with biofuels. This week, there's good news on bringing biofuels in the air. Beginning Wednesday, Alaska Airlines will fly 75 commercial passenger flights in the U.S. powered in part by biofuels. "This is a historic week for aviation," declared Alaska Air's CEO, Bill Ayer, in a press release. Today (Nov. 7), United Airlines make the first U.S. commercial flight using an advanced biofuel made from algae, according to Reuters . Keith Loveless, vice president of corporate and legal affairs, who oversees sustainability, told me: "These fuels will make a meaningful contribution towards reducing the aviation industry's environmental impact, and towards reducing ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/11/07/greener-air-trave...

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