December 15, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fifteen airlines say they've signed
memorandums of understandings that could lead to the purchase of
hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel made from either coal or
camolina, a weed that's a cousin to canola.
The agreements were announced Tuesday by Air Transport
Association. United Airlines Chairman Glen Tilton - who is also
chairman of the airline association - said the agreements show
airlines are actively working to stimulate competition to jet fuel
made from oil.
Airlines from the United States, Canada, Germany and Mexico have
signed memorandums with AltAir Fuels LLC of Seattle to produce fuel
from camelina and Rentech Inc. of Los Angeles to produce fuel from
coal or petroleum coke.