Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Go Continental!


I've always been a fan of Continental airlines, they offer a decent service with lots of direct flights to Europe and Asia from their Newark hub. Like most legacy carriers in the US they have been having a tough time of it the last few years. Continental is based in Houston, the oil capital of America, so it's not the airline I would think of first when trying to name a "green" airline. And don't get me wrong I don't think any airline can ever truly be green, but Continental was first to start flying a smaller newer fleet, they were first to add wingtips to there plans to save on fuel and now this:

First Biofuel-powered Flight by a U.S. Carrier

Continental Airlines will conduct the first biofuel-powered
demonstration flight of a U.S. commercial airliner. The
demonstration flight will be powered by a special fuel blend
including components derived from algae and jatropha plants -
sustainable, second-generation fuel sources that do not
impact food crops or water resources, and do not contribute
to deforestation.

The demonstration flight will be the first biofuel flight by
a commercial carrier using algae as a fuel source and the
first using a two-engine aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 equipped
with CFM International CFM56-7B engines.

It should be noted that the smart people at Continental aren't buying corn based ethanol fuels which aren't sustainable nor viable even though here in the States they are still pushing it as if it were the next best thing since bread.

Tip of the hat to Continental for their willingness to lead the industry in fuel efficiency, with an obvious desire to not wait and see but to boldly move forward towards a greener, more profitable and sustainable future.

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