United to purchase biojet from AltAir Fuels
United Airlines has executed a definitive purchase agreement with AltAir Fuels for advanced biofuels on a commercial-scale, representing a historic milestone for aviation. With United’s strategic partnership, AltAir Fuels will retrofit part of an existing petroleum refinery near Los Angeles, into a 30 MMgy advanced biofuel refinery.
United has agreed to purchase 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel from the facility over a three-year period., with the option to purchase more. The airline is purchasing the biojet at a price competitive with traditional jet fuel, and will use the biofuel on flights operating out of its Los Angeles hub at LAX. AltAir expects to begin delivering fuel in 2014.
AltAir has partnered with an existing oil refinery for the operation of the facility, and will retrofit that refiner’s existing refinery. The biofuel plant will utilize process technology developed by Honeywell’s UOP to convert nonedible natural oils and agricultural waste into advanced biofuels and chemicals.