United Airlines Tests Synthetic Fuel

UNITED AIRLINES has completed the first flight by a US carrier using natural gas synthetic jet fuel.  The flight test was conducted using certified synthetic jet fuel produced by Rentech in a 40/60 mix with conventional Jet A in one of the two engines of an Airbus A319.  The aircraft departed Denver and reached an altitude of 39,000ft (11,888m) where an inboard team collected data on the performance of the fuel during all phases of the flight.
United’s Senior VP-Operations, Joseph Kolshak comment, “This test confirms our assumptions about how this fuel would perform on a commercial flight and this is the next step in our effort to stimulate competition in the aviation fuel supply chain, promote energy security, environmental benefits and the creation of green jobs.”  One of the main benefits of this drop-in fuel is that it can be used in existing engines without any modifications being required.