Alaska Airlines flies 1st commercial flight with cellulosic fuel

Alaska Airlines in the air. Author: Richard Eriksson.

November 15 (SeeNews) - Alaska Airlines flew on Monday the first ever commercial flight using cellulosic renewable jet fuel, made by Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO), from Seattle to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The US biofuels maker produced the renewable alcohol to jet fuel (ATJ) using sugars derived from forest residuals and supplied by The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). Alaska Airlines also flew two commercial flights in June on Gevo ATJ derived from isobutanol using sustainable corn as the sugar source.

Last week Gevo also said that gasoline blended with the company’s isobutanol for use in automobiles is now available in the Houston area, with Musket Corp as its distribution partner. “This marks the first time that our isobutanol has been specifically targeted towards on-road vehicles,” said Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber.

The company makes isobutanol at its Luverne Plant in Minnesota. It expects to produce about 500,000 gallons (1.9 million litres) in the current year. ATJ sales and the Musket partnership are in line with Gevo’s efforts to develop markets for its products.

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