Fuel for the flights was produced by AltAir Paramount LLC using Honeywell UOP's proprietary renewable jet fuel process technology, which converts a variety of sustainable feedstocks into Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ at the world's first dedicated commercial-scale renewable jet fuel production facility. The plant, located near the Los Angeles International Airport, has also produced Honeywell Green Diesel™, a drop-in replacement for diesel made from petroleum, using the same process technology.
Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as 50 percent of petroleum-derived jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, while meeting the current ASTM jet fuel specifications for flight. Depending on the biofeedstock, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can offer a 65 to 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum-based fuels.
"Production by AltAir and Diamond Green Diesel demonstrates that the vision of producing real fuels from sustainable feedstocks has taken the crucial step from technology demonstration to commercial-scale production," said Veronica May, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP's Renewable Energy and Chemicals business.She added, "United's commitment to using renewable fuel in everyday service is a significant milestone in the adoption and use of sustainable fuels. Honeywell UOP has developed a versatile portfolio of technologies that can produce renewable diesel and jet fuel, and we've seen a range of uses including commercial and military aircraft, bus fleets and ships. We remain committed to providing refiners and other producers the best technology for making renewable fuels."