United Airlines on Friday joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), a group which supports advancing commercialization and development of aviation biofuels.
Around 35% of the consumer demand comes from SAFUG representatives. As part of signing onto the group, United Airlines promises to look at advancing biofuels that will support sustainability standards. The airline will also collaborate as part of the group with top organizations to create biofuels certification criteria, and advance making aviation biofuels more attractive in the market.
“We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders in our shared quest to advance sustainable biofuels,” Jimmy Samartzis, managing director of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines said in the statement.
“We will all benefit from our collective work to find solutions to make alternative fuel available at commercial scale and secure a sustainable future for aviation,” he said.
The latest sustainability action by the US airline is just one of many recent initiatives it has engaged in to promote more environmentally friendly air travel. United was the first major US airline to successfully fly a commercial flight using advanced biofuels in 2011, after previous test flights in 2009 and 2010. It also plans to buy 50 million gallons in sustainable biofuels.
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