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SFO, United Airlines Celebrate Sustainability Commitments with Biofuel Flight

September 17, 2018 Airport No Comments Email Email

In celebration of unprecedented commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, United Airlines will operate a flight from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Zurich using a blend of sustainable aviation fuel supplied by World Energy’s Paramount, CA based facility. The airline will use 16,000 gallons of biofuel at a 30/70 blend with conventional jet fuel for the flight to Zurich, representing the longest flight to date by a U.S. airline powered by a biofuel volume of this size. Media are invited to join the celebration of this biofuel flight.

Earlier today, United became the first U.S. airline to publicly commit to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050. United will also announce the commitment at the Global Climate Action Summit, being held this week in San Francisco. Last week, SFO announced a landmark memorandum of understanding with fuel producers and a group of eight airlines, including United, to work cooperatively on expanding the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels at SFO.


United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Zurich using sustainable aviation fuel


  • Exclusive media access to departure gate for biofuel flight celebration
  • Escorted photo opportunity onto tarmac to capture fueling process
  • Speeches, interview opportunities with senior leadership from United, SFO, and World Energy


San Francisco International Airport, International Terminal, Departure Level.  Media check-in will occur at the United Airlines ticket counter, located at Aisle 1 of the International Terminal Main Hall.


Friday, September 14, 2018


  • 11:30am Media check-in at United Airlines ticket counter Aisle 1, International Terminal
  • 12:30pm Opportunity for escorted access onto tarmac to photograph fueling process
  • 1:00pm Welcome speeches from United, SFO, World Energy senior leadership
  • 1:25pm Speeches conclude; stand-up interview opportunities; boarding of flight begins
  • 2:10pm Flight departs to Zurich; event concludes


Attending media are welcome to access the departure gate area, but will be required to undergo screening at the security checkpoint. All current TSA restrictions on items permitted through security will apply. For more information, please visit:www,


Please RSVP to Doug Yakel, Public Information Officer at or (650) 821-4000.


Please park in the International Garage “G” and bring your ticket for validation.  If you require curbside parking, please call in advance.  Space is limited and offered on a first come basis.

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