Forest-powered biofuel flight heads to Washington, D.C.?

Alaska Airlines, based in Washington State, USA, made a commercial flight using the world’s first biofuel plane.

The biofuel was made from “forest residuals” – the branches of trees left over from harvesting managed forests – by the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a project led by Washington State University.

The flight left from Seattle and landed in Washington D.C., using a 1,080 gallon, 20% blend of sustainable aviation biofuel.

Alaska Airlines estimates that if it could replace 20% of its fuel supply at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with this fuel, it would help reduce carbon emissions equivalent to 30,000 cars off the road for 1 year.