Seattle airport plans to power all flights with bio fuel

first_imgSeattle-Tacoma International Airport has commenced an ambitious plan to power “all flights by all airlines” using bio fuel.As a first step of the plan, the Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing have joined forces to conduct a $250,000 ‘Bio fuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study’, which will calculate the costs and infrastructure necessary to deliver a blend of aviation bio fuel and conventional jet fuel to aircraft at Seattle.The partners’ long-term plan is to incorporate “significant quantities of bio fuel into the airport’s fuel infrastructure”, which is used by all 26 airlines and more than 380,000 flights annually at the U.S. hub.“This [partnership] will send a signal to airlines and bio fuel producers that Sea-Tac Airport will be ready to integrate commercial-scale use of aviation bio fuels,” said Port of Seattle’s Commissioner, John Creighton. “Bio fuel infrastructure will make Sea-Tac Airport an attractive option for any airline committing to use bio fuel, and will assist in attracting bio fuel producers to the region as part of a longer-term market development strategy.”Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications & external relations for Alaska Airlines, said that the airline is planning to incorporate bio fuel into its flights at one or more of its hubs by 2020, with Seattle being the first choice.“Bio fuel offers the greatest way to further reduce our emissions,” said Sprague. “This study is a critical step in advancing our environmental goals and stimulating aviation bio fuel production in the Pacific Northwest.”last_img read more