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Boeing offers biofuel option for delivery flights

Seattle - After Airbus, Boeing now also offers airlines the opportunity to fly newly delivered aircraft on biofuel to their new homes. Alaska Airlines is the first to sign up for that option.

For the time being, biofuels, which are mixed with traditional kerosene, will only be used on delivery flights from manufacturer's Renton and Everett factories, but in the long term, the service will be available in Charleston factory as well, where the Boeing 787s are being built.

Alaska Airlines expects to fly three more aircraft (737 MAX) on biofuel later this year from Renton to the airline's home base Seattle-Tacoma airport, which is, in fact, a stone's throw away from the Boeing's Renton factory.

The material used in the production of biofuel is Agricultural waste. It is then blended with conventional jet fuel.

Boeing and Alaska Airlines have previously cooperated on a project for testing biofuel blends on airline flights, but now it goes beyond the experiment.

With the launch of this option on delivery flights, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer aims to encourage airlines to the use of biofuels on their regular flights. Studies revealed that biofuels can reduce carbon footprint by up to 80 percent on a typical flight.