Last year, LAX became America’s first airport to use pollution-reducing biofuels as part of its everyday operations. On March 11, 2016, United Airlines flight 708 departed Terminal 7 powered by a mix of 30 percent biofuel and 70 percent traditional fuel. The San Francisco-bound flight marks a milestone in commercial aviation—moving the industry beyond demonstrations and test programs to the commercial use of lower-carbon jet biofuel. LAX is only the second airport in the world to make the jump, the first being Oslo Airport in Norway.
In late 2016, KLM Airlines also began using biofuel on commercial flights out of LAX. Refined from sustainable feedstock, such as agricultural wastes and non-edible natural oils, the AltAir blend reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent on a lifecycle basis, yet is priced competitively with conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel. Going forward, United has agreed to purchase up to 15 million gallons of the sustainable biofuel over the next three years from refiner AltAir Fuels, based in from Paramount-based re nery. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City department that operates LAX, plans to evaluate the benefits associated with the use of jet biofuel and share the information with other airports.