Air Carriers Sign Synthetic Fuel Pact

Rentech Inc. signed a agreement with 13 domestic and international passenger and cargo carriers that will serve as a framework for a future definitive supply agreement for certified jet fuel from Rentech’s proposed synthetic fuels and power facility in Adams County, Miss.
The non-binding pact is between Rentech and Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx Express, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, Polar Air Cargo, United Airlines, UPS Airlines and US Airways. The carriers will purchase 250 million gallons a year from the so-called “Natchez Project.”
Fuel based on the Fischer-Tropsch process, including Rentech’s RenJet, is the only alternative jet fuel certified for use in commercial aviation at up to a 50/50 blend with traditional jet fuel.
RenJet has a lower carbon footprint as well as lower regulated emissions compared to traditional jet fuel.
“Today’s announcement reinforces the proactive steps that airlines are taking to stimulate competition in the aviation fuel supply chain, contribute to the creation of green jobs, and promote energy security through economically viable alternatives that also demonstrate environmental benefits,” said Glenn Tilton, Air Transport Association of America Inc., and United Airlines chairman, president and CEO. “Our intention as an airline industry is to continue to do our part by supporting the use of alternative fuels. We urge the U.S. government and the investment community also to do their part to further support this critical energy opportunity.”



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