09 Nov '11, 11pm

Nation's First Cooking Oil-Fueled Commercial Flight Takes Off from Seattle

Nation's First Cooking Oil-Fueled Commercial Flight Takes Off from Seattle

Alaskan Dude via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 The first commercial flight to run on a biofuel blend derived from cooking oil has just taken off from Seattle. I'm on board, and about now, we're somewhere over the Rocky Mountains. As we reported earlier this week , Alaska Airlines announced that it will power 75 of its flights with an aviation biofuel blend prepared by Dynamic Fuels. The blend is 20% cooking oil, 80% traditional jet fuel, and no, it doesn't smell like the inside of a greasy kitchen on board. Unfortunately. So why am I on board? Good question. Alaska Airlines invited me along to report on exactly what it feels like to be on board the second-ever commercial biofueled flight to soar into the American skies. My report so far? Feels like every other commercial 737 flight I've ever been on, except more of the passengers are talking about biofuels instead of reading celebrity...

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