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Airport champions biofuels future


A new study has revealed how Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) can deliver on its ambition to power every flight which leaves its runways with sustainable aviation biofuel.

Sea-Tac is one of the first airports in North America to work with aviation, energy and research partners to systematically  evaluate all aspects to developing a commercial-scale program from scratch. The Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines study  set out to identify the best infrastructure options for delivering aviation biofuel to Sea-Tac.

“Unlike the biofuel itself, fuel blending and delivery infrastructure cannot grow on trees,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “We needed this comprehensive analysis to confirm that we can offer commercial airlines feasible and sustainable delivery options while reducing our environmental footprint and being a good neighbor to surrounding communities.”

The study found that existing pipeline, transportation resources, zoning and land use laws could accommodate new aviation biofuel blending, storage and delivery infrastructure.

“Commercial aviation is committed to reducing the industry’s carbon footprint, and biofuels are key to achieving that goal,” said Ellie Wood, regional director of environmental strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re encouraged that this study shows the viability of making a biofuel blend available to every flight at Sea-Tac Airport. As part of our global strategy to develop and commercialize biofuel, we’re proud to support our hometown partners and keep the Pacific Northwest in the forefront of these innovative efforts.”

Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ senior vice president of communications and external relations, added: “This study represents a critical milestone toward powering our planes with a sustainable aviation biofuel made right here at home. After recently flying the first commercial flight with new biofuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest, Alaska Airlines is eager to see how biofuel flights can become a daily reality at our hometown hub at Sea-Tac.”

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