Flight 1403 Flew From Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport To Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Producer
HOUSTON, Texas -- Continental Airlines flew a commercial flight this week using advanced biofuels.Flight 1403, a Boeing 737-800, flew from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Monday.The flight made United Continental Holdings the first U.S. airline to fly passengers using a blend of sustainable, advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel, officials said.
Algae-Derived Jet FuelSolazyme, working with Honeywell’s UOP process technology, developed the algae oil that was refined into jet fuel to power the Continental flight.United Continental Holdings has signed a letter of intent with Solazyme to negotiate the purchase of 20 million gallons of jet fuel per year, for delivery as early as 2014.
Past Biofuel FlightsContinental tested a biofuel derived from algae and jatropha in 2009. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft used in that demonstration is the same aircraft used in Monday's test. In 2010, United conducted a flight using synthetic fuel made from natural gas.
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