Alaska Airlines Begins Biofuel Flights
But it's costing a fortune
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 10, 2011 2:25 PM CST
An Alaska Airlines jet is seen at SeaTac Airport in SeaTac, Wash., in this file photo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

(Newser) – Alaska Airlines’ first biofuel-powered flights took off yesterday, kicking off an expensive trial program designed to improve the airline’s environmental footprint. Passengers on the first two flights—which were to DC and Portland, respectively—received a “Welcome to Greener Skies” flier explaining the program, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The 75 trips will run on a blend of regular fuel and 20% biofuel made from cooking oil.

Biofuel has just as many carbon emissions as traditional jet fuel, but it’s considered “greener” because it’s produced from renewable resources. But it doesn’t come cheap—Alaska dropped $476,000 for 28,000 gallons, which amounts to $17 per gallon, six times the cost of normal jet fuel.

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apostrophe
Nov 11, 2011 2:21 AM CST
Passengers on the first two flights received a “Welcome to Greener Skies” flier... Not to be petty, but greener skies is just the type of thing I want to avoid.
DontLikeYou
Nov 10, 2011 4:55 PM CST
From story: Biofuel has just as many carbon emissions as traditional jet fuel Liberals are so stupid.
JackNelsonSteward
Nov 10, 2011 3:48 PM CST
Well, now that Palin is back, they'll have an unlimited supply of batshit to work with ...