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Avianca Brazil to partner with Byogy Renewables to produce biofuel

Avianca (Brazil) (Oceanair Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) is increasing its partnering efforts to produce aviation biofuels in Brazil in association with Byogy Renewables. The two companies issued this statement:

Continuing its commitment to deliver price competitive, 100% replacement biofuels, Byogy Renewables and airline partner Avianca Brasil have launched a significant initiative to support advanced testing to accelerate the Byogy ATJ ASTM approval.

Unlike the confusing term drop-in fuel, which is defined as the final mixture of hydrocarbon additive products with jet fuel produced from oil, Byogy’s proprietary ATJ process produces one of the world’s first full replacement fuel that does not require blending, and also demonstrates performance characteristics better than jet fuel produced from oil. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and hence can be used at any blend ratio up to 100%.

“Our goal with our partner Avianca is to first, support the approval of the ATJ suite of process technologies in accordance with current regulations that limit blending to 50%, and then, after gaining appropriate experience testing data, work with the ASTM stakeholders to study the potential use of higher blend ratios that will in turn drive the highest level of carbon reduction possible of any renewable fuel,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Byogy.

The initiative will also study to validate the significant beneficial environmental impact achieved using Byogy’s ATJ to satisfy the proposed ICAO 2050 Neutral Carbon Growth mandate for the country of Brazil by leveraging the existing, and abundant sugar cane feedstock, as opposed to waiting for years before other agriculture feedstock industries are proven cost effective.

“Avianca is fully committed to supporting the Byogy ATJ fuel approval process and believes it is the best solution for Avianca to achieve carbon neutrality for its operations in Brazil,” said Captain Norberto Raniero, Vice President of Operations at Avianca.

“We believe that the increase in aviation demand will show that the only way to achieve the carbon reduction mandate, set out by the ICAO, is to use high blend ratios of renewable aviation fuel,” said Weiss. “This is probably the most significant initiative in the aviation industry as it demonstrates the evolution to a full replacement, high quality renewable aviation fuel.”

By leveraging the existing global feedstock of ethanol, Byogy is not limited to its own ability to produce alcohol and hence is not subject to the scale up risks associated with novel biological organisms. Instead, Byogy’s proven petrochemical process will capitalize on the global efforts that are currently driving the production cost of ethanol down. As Weiss states, “at some point, we will wake up from this ethanol hangover and realize that it is more important to use alcohols to produce full replacement renewable aviation fuels than it is to push higher blends of alcohols into infrastructure that cannot support it.”

Once approved by ASTM, it is anticipated that the Byogy ATJ bio-jet fuel will deliver to operators the multiple benefits including, lower fuel consumption, lower engine maintenance cost, and a significant beneficial environmental impact.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured new Airbus A318-121 PR-AVK (msn 3062) prepares to depart from the tropical destination of Salvador in northern Brazil.

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Avianca Brazil is invited to join the Star Alliance, replacing TAM Airlines

Avianca Brazil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) has been invited to join the Star Alliance as part of Avianca (Bogota) membership. On December 13, the Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance agreed to extend Avianca’s membership of the Alliance to include its partner Avianca Brazil. The unanimous decision marks the first step in Star Alliance’s strategy to secure its position in the Brazilian market following current member airline TAM’s decision to leave the Alliance as a consequence of its merger with LAN.

As a first step in the integration process, experts from Avianca Brazil, the Star Alliance member carriers serving Brazil and Star Alliance management will jointly work on enhancing Avianca Brazil’s network. The aim is to facilitate seamless connections via the major hubs in São Paulo – Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro – Galeão/Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Avianca Brazil is expected to join the alliance in 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca Brazil’s Airbus A318-121 PR-ONG (msn 3438) departs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos). Bottom Copyright Photo: Avianca Brazil.

Avianca (Brazil):AG Slide Show

 

Mexicana to cut more flights

Mexicana (Mexico City) will cut more flights this week as its financial crisis deepens.

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Copyright Photo: Rurik Enriquez. Airbus A318-111 XA-UBY (msn 2552) is pictured at Cancun.

LAN Airlines (Chile) signs MOU for 50 Airbus Family aircraft, including 10 A321s

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) announced its intention to order 50 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed at the Farnborough International Air Show will be the largest single airline order for Airbus in Latin America and brings LAN’s total Airbus orders to 152 aircraft.

The commitment includes 10 A321s, a new aircraft type for LAN.

LAN placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A320 Family aircraft in December 2009. The airline currently operates 58 Airbus aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Airbus A318-121 CC-CVB (msn 3030) with the 80 Anos (80 Years) logo climbs beautifully from the Santiago base.

TAROM joins the SkyTeam alliance today

TAROM-Romanian Air Transport (Bucharest) officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance at a ceremony held in Bucharest today (June 25). TAROM becomes the 13th carrier to join SkyTeam, which marked its 10th anniversary on June 22, 2010.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A318-11 D-AUAC (msn 2552) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became YR-ASA on delivery.

Frontier Airlines starts New Orleans-Denver service

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) yesterday (June 11) launched new nonstop service between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and Denver International Airport (DEN) with one daily roundtrip flight.

Frontier’s New Orleans-Denver service is flown by the Airbus A318 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Frontier’s Airbus A318-111 N802FR (msn 1991) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.