United completes world’s first passenger flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel

By John Engel Follow @EngelsAngle

On an otherwise normal flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport on Wednesday, a United 737 Max 8 passenger flight operated with 100% sustainable aviation fuel — a first, and monumental, step for the aviation industry.

Boeing, CFM International, Virent, World Energy, and United partnered on the 612-mile demonstration flight, which emitted an estimated 75% less CO2 than a flight using traditional jet fuel, the companies said. The flight used 500 gallons of SAF in one engine and an equal amount of traditional jet fuel in the other.

Aviation history is cleared for takeoff. The world’s

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