The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the ASTM International Committee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants for passing a new specification that will enable the use of synthetic fuels in aviation. ASTM International is one of the largest standards- development organizations in the world.
“ATA is very pleased that the full committee has approved the ASTM International Aviation Fuels Subcommittee recommendation. The unanimous passage of this specification is significant for all consumers of jet fuel. For the airline industry specifically, this brings us one step closer to our aim of widespread production of cleaner, alternative fuels that will help the industry meet its environmental goals while enhancing the security and competitiveness of its energy supply,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May.
ATA has been a strong advocate for alternative aviation fuels, and is a founding member of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), a collaborative effort among airlines, engine and airframe manufacturers, airports, universities, the Federal Aviation Administration and others, to advance the production and acceptance of alternative aviation fuels. Read more about the airlines’ alternative fuels commitment and frequently asked questions on the ATA Web site.
ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. passenger and cargo traffic.