United Airlines has strengthened its commitment to sustainability and the environment by joining the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), an industry working group whose objective is to accelerate the development and commercialization of aviation biofuels.
“We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders in our shared quest to advance sustainable biofuels,” said Jimmy Samartzis, managing director of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United. “We will all benefit from our collective work to find solutions to make alternative fuel available at commercial scale and secure a sustainable future for aviation.”
Collectively, the members of SAFUG represent approximately 32 percent of commercial aviation fuel demand. When joining SAFUG, United Airlines signed a pledge to pursue the advancement of drop-in biofuels that achieve important sustainability criteria, work with leading organizations to achieve biofuel certification standards, and take actions to enable commercial use of aviation biofuels.
United Airlines is a leader in aviation biofuels, operating the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels in November 2011, following historic test and demonstration flights in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The company also signed letters of intent to negotiate the purchase of more than 50 million gallons of sustainable biofuels.
United is committed to the environment through its Eco-Skies program, which is designed to make a positive impact on the environment—in the air, on the ground, at its facilities, with business partners and across communities.