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Airline flies first commercial jet powered by forest biomass

Alaska Airline passengers have taken to the skies in a “world-first” commercial flight running on sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest.

The flight, powered by a 20% blend of the sustainable biofuel, departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday morning (14 November), arriving at Reagan National Airport in Washington DC five hours later.

The alternative fuel is produced from limbs, stumps and branches gathered from leftover timber harvests or forest thinning projects of managed forests on private land.

EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.

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