Greener fuel powers regular passenger air service

Biodiesel has had difficulty achieving market penetration with some North American fleet operators exhibiting, in GallonDaily’s opinion irrational, resistance to the product. An announcement from Skyteam Alliance member airline AeroMexico that it is using a 15% biofuel blend to power a regular airline service may help demonstrate that biodiesel type fuels have reached mainstream status.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, has announced that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ is powering Aeroméxico’s Mexico City to San José, Costa Rica route, marking one of the first uses of renewable fuels in everyday airplane passenger service. The biofuel is made from the inedible plant camelina.

The agency that provides the blended jet fuel, Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares, expects that biofuels will account for 1 percent of the fuel in the Mexico aviation sector by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020.

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