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United to operate a trans-Atlantic biofuel flight on September 14

United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 941758.

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a Canadian agri-tech company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce aviation biojet fuel, will partner with United Airlines and World Energy on Agrisoma’s second international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from Carinata seed oil. The nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight on a Boeing 787-8 departs on September 14 at 2:10 p.m. from San Francisco International Airport and arrives September 15 at 10:10 a.m. at Zurich Airport (aka Kloten Airport) (see below).

The biojet fuel made from Carinata and refined by World Energy’s AltAir Fuels, replaces 30 percent of the petroleum jet fuel needed for the flight. Fuels made from Carinata, a non-food, mustard-like oilseed, lead the aviation industry in greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

“This flight is another milestone for the aviation industry’s move toward low-carbon fuels,” said Steve Fabijanski, founder, CEO and president of Agrisoma. “At 11 hours, it is the longest transatlantic biojet flight undertaken to date, and, with the fuel-efficient Boeing 787, represents the lowest carbon footprint commercial flight across the Atlantic. It is our second international biojet flight powered by Carinata, but there are more to come.”

Earlier this year, Agrisoma and Australia’s QANTAS Airways partnered on a transpacific flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne that used biojet fuel produced from Carinata.

Agrisoma has commercial agreements across the global aviation industry to supply Carinata for a low-carbon fuel that is chemically identical to conventional, petroleum-derived jet fuel. Agrisoma has Carinata growers in place throughout the Americas and Australia, where Carinata is grown as a second crop to complement existing crop production, delivering additional on-farm income and soil health benefits.

Carinata Biojet fuel is made by harvesting tons of Carinata crop (above), crushing the grain (below) to recover the oil and refining that oil into jet fuel by the same process used for petroleum-derived jet fuel.

Carinata biojet fuel typically replaces 10 to 30 percent of the petroleum jet fuel needed for a flight, making a cleaner fuel blend that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Production of biofuel from Carinata seeds yields both biofuel and, as a byproduct, high-protein animal feed. Stems and leaves from the crop are returned to the field to enrich the soil for subsequent crops. Carinata is the first oilseed to be certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the independent global standard and certification program for sustainable biofuels.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by AltAir Fuels): United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 941758.

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United Airlines to start Houston-Sao Paulo Boeing 787 service

United Airlines (Chicago) is planning to introduce the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) route in April. The 787 will operate daily on the route starting on April 7 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) departs the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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United Airlines to introduce the Boeing 787 on the Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo Narita route

United Airlines (Chicago) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-8 on the Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo (Narita) route on November 5, replacing the Boeing 777-200 ER currently operating on the route according to Airline Route. ANA also operates the 787 on the same route.

In other news, United is dropping the Newark-Buenos Aires route on September 29 per Airline Route. In addition, the Newark-Istanbul will be cancelled on October 26, 2013 (probably for the winter season).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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United Airlines to resume Boeing 787 service on May 20 between Houston and Chicago

United Airlines (Chicago) is now planning to resume Boeing 787-8 scheduled passenger operations on May 20 between Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Chicago (O’Hare) as flight UA 1. Houston-Denver flight start on the following day. United is first re-introducing the grounded type on its relatively short domestic flights as the first phase of the resumption before it restores longer international routes.

Boeing has already converted two of United’s six Dreamliners to the new FAA standards and will soon convert the remainder of United’s fleet. The airline has scheduled flights to begin on May 20 on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs. United will begin international 787 flying on the Denver-Tokyo route on June 10.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Seattle Times: NTSB and Boeing at odds over some 787 comments made in Tokyo

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) and Boeing (Chicago) are apparently at odds from a recent briefing on the 787 in Tokyo over some comments that were reportedly made by Boeing officials according to this report by the Seattle Times.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. All of the 787s are grounded except limited test aircraft. United’s 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) is pictured at Los Angeles before the official grounding.


United Airlines launches its first international Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service today

United 787-8 N20904 (12)(Flt)(United)(LRW)

United Airlines (Chicago) today (January 3) will introduce daily nonstop Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport. The service – previously operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft – is the first regularly-scheduled international route operated using United’s new 787 Dreamliner.

The flight, UA 32, will depart Los Angeles at 11:15 a.m. (1115), arriving in Tokyo Narita at 4:10 p.m. (1610) the next day. The return flight, UA 33, will depart Tokyo Narita daily at 5:55 p.m. (1755), arriving in Los Angeles at 10:35 a.m. (1035) the same day.

United’s 787 Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy. The aircraft will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers on the flights will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.

Yesterday (January 2) LAN Airlines (Santiago) introduced the Boeing 787-8 on the Santiago-Los Angeles route.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines. The first, Boeing 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) poses for publicity photos.

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FAA to order U.S. airlines to inspect Boeing 787 fuel systems

Federal Aviation Administration-FAA (Washington) is issuing a formal order requiring U.S. airlines to inspect the fuel systems of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner according to this report by Reuters.

The fuel issue emerged on Tuesday (December 4) when a United Airlines Boeing 787-8 aircraft with 184 passengers and crew on board was forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans due to an electrical problem. The aircraft was flying from Houston (Bush Intercontinental) to Newark.

United Airlines (Chicago) is currently the only Dreamliner operator in the United States.

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Read about the United incident from the Post-Tribune: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett.

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